For this particular event, they have teamed up to not only raise funds for their own organization, but also for the National Fallen Firefighters Fund. The purpose of the event is to preferably run, but in our case walk & bike, as much as you can before 9/11 and raise as much money by that date also. The funds will then be split 50/50 between the two charities.
I think most of you know that last year my son went into the U.S. Army and was injured in a training accident. What I haven't posted about is the fact the injury was bad enough that he was given an Honorable Medical Discharge with a 20% permanent disability. Due to the injury, he can't run, but walking short distances (by short I mean like a mile at a time, not the 4 & 5 mile walks I do) and biking was & still is part of his physical therapy for it. By helping with this charity he feels like he's still there doing something to help his brothers & sisters in arms.
Zach & Kelly at Zach's Swearing In Ceremony for the U.S. Army
So you're probably asking yourself right about now, "where does the winning come in?". Well, let me tell you.
For every person that makes a donation to our page, by either clicking on the photo of me & Zach above or using the link on the right side of this page, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE finished cross stitch from me!!
The piece you will receive will be an Americana Heart Flag, similar to the photo shown below, only your piece will be stitched on a light tan fabric and will be nicely "framed" in a hoop and ready to hang on your wall. I thought it would be a very symbolic piece that shows your heart is with those that protect your country, whether it be from acts of terrorism, or the men & women that battle every day tragedy of a house fire that can take our loved ones from us so unexpectedly.
I have already started stitching the piece the winner will receive and will post a picture as soon as it's done. The drawing for the winner will be done & announced on September 12, 2012. All names will be taken from the list provided by my charity page of the donors and I will use a random number generator to determine the winner. All will be done in a "fair & square" manner with pics posted of the list, number generator, etc.
Remember, every single dollar that people donate add up to something large. So if you can find it in your hearts to give something, we would truly appreciate it. (Why am I starting to feel like Jerry Lewis doing the MDA Telethon? LOL!)
Thank you and HOOAH! (It's an Army thing, lol!)