By Michelle R. Dee, Senior Director of External Affairs
This has been a demanding week at Jersey Cares. The amazing team that is running Frosty’s Friends and the Coat Drive has enlisted everyone in the office into reading the 4,000+ letters that have come in from children at agencies across the state of New Jersey. Simultaneously, they are coming up with creative ways to collect more coats to meet the 50,000 requests that we have. It can be a little overwhelming. It can make us feel like we can’t do enough. I can see it on their faces and hear it in their voices.
Yet, every day, without fail, that same team walks through the door with fresh ideas and ways to do more. They text me at 11 p.m. to tell me of a great new idea they had or to share with me that they secured a new coat drive collection site. They bring energy and enthusiasm and optimism to situations that seem overwhelming. I can see their passion in everything they do; I know that #makeadifference and #bethechange are more than just hashtags to them. They embody Yoda and his philosophy “do or do not…there is no try.”
So, we continue to do. We continue to help – one child, one letter, one coat – at a time. We know that the pile of letters can only get smaller, one letter at a time. We know the coat drive containers only get filled when one person decides to open the lock and put a coat inside. We know that companies and organizations and clubs only get involved when one person decides to make a difference. So we continue to do and every day we reach out to that “one person.” We know that when all the “ones” come together we really can make a difference, and we do.
If today is your day to be the “one,” contact us at Jersey Cares; we can definitely help you “do.”