Hello, my friends!
I'm asking for help for a fundraiser I'm doing this Friday night (Thanks so much to those of you who have already donated!). This might be the first time you're hearing about my sleep out, but it will be my last request for help: I'm sleeping outside this Friday night with two of my friends in the name of the New York Red Bulls wives, family and friends. We will be sleeping on a sidewalk somewhere in Newark, NJ, with 90 other women to help raise funds for Covenant House. Covenant House is one of the largest privately funded charities in the Americas, which provides vital resources and services to homeless and trafficked youth.
On Friday evening, we will talk to some of the kids that were helped by Covenant House and learn their stories before we head outside to sleep for just one night. Then we get to go home to a comfy bed and house. Thousands of kids across our country don't have that luxury. There are many heartbreaking statistics about homeless youth, but please consider these two:
Almost 40% of the homeless in the United States are under 18.
Every year, more than two million kids in America will face a period of homelessness.
We are trying to raise as much money as we can for these kids in this final week, and even though our small team of three has reached our modest goal (we've raised about $8,000) we are over $152,000 short on the overall goal of $250,000. Any amount, no matter how small, would help me help Covenant House! I was just notified yesterday that an organization will graciously be matching any donation made dollar for dollar! Woo-hoo!
Seriously, we'd be extremely grateful for any amount! Every penny will be put to use immediately by Covenant House to help kids get off the streets and put their lives back together! These kids are amazing. Their stories are remarkable, their strength is inspiring.
Please donate today if you can (only a couple days left!) and please forward this on to anyone you think might be willing and able to help.
wishing you love, light, laughter and anything else that makes you happy!