This year's MadCast Angel will be one like no other before it. For those that are new to MadCast, please take a moment and check out the awesome display of kindness and generosity this community has shown over the years:
Over the past few years I have been more involved with a variety of charities, which has provided a deeper insight into the needs of our community. This year we are going to sponsor a child who is under the care of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA provides care for children that have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. These children often do not have a supportive family (if they have family at all) and are often times placed in foster care or group homes. CASA appoints an advocate for the child to ensure their basic needs are met and to assist in allowing children to have as "normal" of a childhood as possible. CASA is a national organization, and while I work with a few different chapters, I have selected CASA Kendall County for this years drive specifically. Now that you know about the charity, let me fill you in on some details about our angel.
She is a 16 year old girl who has been in the system since she was 7, and will continue to be in the system until she ages out at 21. She has no family at all and her gifts and necessities are entirely funded by what CASA collects for her. She does not have many possessions and CASA always tries to do a little extra for her during Christmas. She is the most "expensive" child to sponsor and as a result did not have any takers. Until now. We've done some amazing things over the years and I'm confident we have what it takes to provide this child with a memorable Christmas.
Chromebook & accessories (carrying case, mouse, etc) for school.
Giftcards (she likes to shop at Claire's & Khol's, and has a Panera near her school she sometimes eats at)
Let's show her what it means to be taken under MadCast's wing. I think we can provide this girl with all she's asked for and more. This year I am going to spice things up. I will match dollar-for-dollar every donation (up to $1000) in the form of a check written directly to CASA Kendall County from my foundation. Every dollar you donate will equal two dollars. This is something we've never done before, and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to amplify this years MadCast Angel.
To contribute, simply go to https://www.paypal.me/scooba6369. All contributions are welcome and no contribution is too small. We understand that not everyone cannot afford to contribute a monetary value. You can still support the cause by spreading the word so as many people know about this as possible. I will be shopping on December 10th, so we have a little over a week to raise funds. Please do not post stating you are unable to contribute. Keep all posts on-topic and productive.
If this is your first year participating in the drive you will receive a MadCast Angel badge upon completion.
This thread will be updated regularly to reflect the contributions received.
Donation Total: $1,018.93
Mallory Lelah (non MadCast affiliate)
Amanda Lembke (non MadCast affiliate)
Kari Pedersen (non MadCast affiliate)
MadCast: Red Justice
MadCast: Usefully Useless
Miranda Kremer (non MadCast affiliate)
MadCast: Kitty Stark
Thank you again to everyone that contributed this year! Together we pooled $1032.48 in gifts, and an additional $1000 directly towards CASA Kendall County. I wanted to share with you that the charity has committed that $1000 directly towards the child we sponsored this year. Things like college applications, a theme park day in the summer, preparing her to be an independent adult with things like driving lessons, and the ability to indulge in a hobby, are all things we take for granted. This kid not only got outfitted with some of the latest and greatest tech, but has a little nest egg to dip into for things that are not considered necessities by the state. Take a moment and think about the impact we just made this holiday season.
A personal thank you card arrived from our sponsored child.
A small note: The child only knows the foundation name, similarly to how we do not know the child's name (until she wrote to us and signed it). The charity is well aware that this was a group effort with contributors from friends, family, and you bunch'a nerds.