On February 10th I was winding down for the night, watching the Olympics… such an inspiring event… all of the passion and drive these athletes have for the sport and for life, how much pride comes from all of the countries, how many heartwarming stories about the athletes and their families… They are so persistent and ambitious. The World is literally their stage. They are so on point, that the difference between Gold and last is the blink of an eye. (I’m actually watching again right now and it’s really hard to write this because these pair skaters are so captivating.)
I had to do something. In my line of work, everything revolves around inspiration and passion.
Where do you find passion?
My passion is something I am incredibly outspoken (and probably quite annoying) about. If you didn’t already know, it’s the planet – you, me, your dogs, the trees, the sky… all of us. My most emotional passion is four-legged beings. Calling them “animals” puts them in the same category with some of the terrible human beings we’ve shared this planet with, and I wouldn’t want to do that. So, I prefer the vernacular: beings.
As I watch these humans perform in the most insanely competitive environment, I dreamed I could challenge myself to that extent, mentally at least. I also dreamed of spreading lots of love on Valentine’s Day.
Boom! That’s why I’m good at my job. I combine passion (beings) and inspiration (amazing Olympic athletes) to create a movement. That night, I searched for a secure way to create a fundraiser and be able to see who has donated. Then, I asked my facebook friends what animal related charity is doing good for the World.
Enter: Crowdrise & The Pixie Project.
Crowdrise is a great resource for everyone involved in a fundraiser: the host or “leader”, the donors, and the beneficiary of the fundraiser.
The Pixie Project is a wonderful animal rescue located in the heart of Portland, OR ran by selfless, caring people. They take in dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters and give them love and exposure to an urban environment. All the pets – including those of the homeless – receive food, toys, blankets, medical care, and a warm place to sleep. Yup, they got my heart!
The goal, I decided, would be $1,000 and we would donate it to The Pixie Project on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
I threw together some graphics for Instagram & Crowdrise that would hopefully capture the hearts of our followers, and went to bed, excited to wake up and start the “competition”. The top donor would be named our Valentine and be featured on Valentine’s Day.
On February 11th at 9AM, I posted the photo and announced the competition to the [virtual] World. The first donor was the man who is responsible for changing my life, @dakkydak, of Bonsai Kennels. Long story, short: He wrote on my Instagram one day, I went to his profile and followed him, he posted a photo of two unbelievably adorable mini bulldogs who were expecting babies, and my boyfriend immediately staked claim to one. That one was Bodhi, the littlest ball of Joy that took @Bulldogstuff from 8,000 amazing followers to an entire community of so many special people I am now happy to call friends.
25 of those friends, some even family (thank you Kaleigh, Jaimie, and Barbara!) came together and raised $1,100 in less than 36 hours! It was even more inspiring and touching than I ever thought possible. Asking for people’s hard-earned money is never easy, I was thinking we would need 99 people to donate $10. I was astounded when I saw people opening their hearts and wallets – donating $100, $125, even $215!
By 4:49 on February 12th we reached our goal of $1,000!
Thank you so, so much to:
Dak of Bonsai Kennels
Connie & Sons
Spartacus & Zoey
Jordon & Bunny
Wendy, Mack, Holly, and Daisy
Nancy, Rocky & Percy
Ashley & Luna
Colleen & TurtleBatPig
Kaleigh & Olive
Susan & Buttercup
Joel & Beth
Scarlet & Gray & Cindy
Annalee & Allie Cat
Sir Duke & Trixie
All of the dogs and cats residing at The Pixie Project are going to have such a love-filed Valentine’s Day thanks to all of these extraordinarily compassionate people! They all have inspired me to dream bigger, to do more. What’s amazing is that all you have to do is put a little more than thought into what you want to do, and it can happen.
I hope this inspires you to give love to someone this Valentine’s Day – dogs, cats, and humans… anyone! Let me know if there’s any way I can help
Thank you again to the beautiful souls who made this dream a reality! You are the light in this World, especially for these loves:
UPDATE: MORE incredible people have donated to this wonderful cause and we have exceeded the goal by 25%! THANK YOU!!