We have enough money for two tablets, we hope to buy two more.
Life for the Army of Good is different after the never-ending pandemic, inflation, supply issues, the Ukraine War, widespread heat, drought, and fire.
We are challenged to adapt. We will. Our survival is not at stake, but I will adjust to the new realities. I will never quit on this good work, and I know most of you won’t either.
The idea is to contribute when you can, and when contributing does not hurt you, your security, or your family. Things will move more slowly.
Thanks for your donations, I understand they will be smaller, but they are also numerous.
I’m asking for less, searching for the best prices, and realizing that our fundraising may take more time than it used to. None of us, including me, are exempt from the realities of life.
We will and should adapt, and I hope no one feels any guilt or anxiety about not being able to do what they could do before. We will get what we need to get done; it will just take a little more time.
Yesterday I asked for support in raising enough money to buy four computer tablets for the new Manson Activities Center, scheduled to be re-opened in the next few days.
We raised more than $300 so far (online, no mail yet), enough for two tablets (with four-year warranty and tech support.) My goal is to get two more, and I have no doubt we will get there.
I’ll need a little more than $500. Any overage will go to the Mansion Fund, but that doesn’t seem to be much of an issue.
I can’t be as aggressive as before because the Mansion Fund is low these days and will stay that way for a while. I need to keep something there for sneakers, pants, pajamas, underwear, and toiletries.
These are more challenging times, and we will always be honest and flexible. So I’m still asking for more money to get the other two tablets, which are very reasonably priced at $104 apiece plus warranty and support.
These tablets are something the residents have repeatedly asked for, and the aides have supported getting them; they will give people the chance to create and communicate and play games independently and without having to join a scheduled group.
They will also be able to talk to their families and grandchildren over Zoom or via texting and e-mail. We will arrange for tech support and supervision to get things rolling.
So I’ll keep at it until we get it, which I think will be soon.
Small donations are as welcome as big ones. Thanks.
Nobody said this would be simple or easy forever, but it is well worth doing for me. And it is more vital than ever. Our notion remains what it always was: small acts of great kindness.
Stay tuned. This summer, we are planning an Arts and Crafts Amazon wishes list for Sue Silverstein as she brings her extraordinary vision of art and education to a new school, Bishop Gibbons.