Monday, November 10, 2008

From the heart, for the heart

I know I've talked before about how I'm not a big fan of school fundraising. However, Kiddo is participating in a fundraiser that I fully support. That fundraiser is the Jump Rope for Heart that the American Heart Association does each year. (This is their thirtieth anniversary of Jump Rope for Heart, actually!)

Now, I'm pretty sure that we all know someone who has had their life affected by or even died from heart disease or stroke. Personally, we've lost family members this way. According to the AHA's website,

Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disability.

That is why I'm wholeheartedly (um, pun intended) supporting Kiddo's fundraising efforts for this particular event. Kiddo is very excited at the prospect of jumping rope, more than anything else. She loves to jump rope! They've even been learning jump roping skills in P.E. class in preparation. (If you think that jumping rope doesn't take skill, then you've obviously never seen *me* trying to jump!) Since Kiddo is just in kindergarten and doesn't really get the whole "fundraising" part of things so much, I'm leading the charge to help her. Yes, I'm even throwing it out there to the whole, wide blogosphere:

If anyone would like to sponsor Kiddo in Jump for the Heart, please let me know and I will most gladly email you the link to her online donation page. Her school is trying to raise a total of $5,000 which is not completely out of reach, as they raised just over $4,000 last year. I'm hoping Kiddo will help boost them over the $5,000 mark this year!

(Of course, if you have kid(s) jumping for the heart already, don't feel like you need to sponsor mine. I mean, even if you don't have kids, don't feel like you need to sponsor mine. I hate the whole pressure-guilt-obligation feeling thing. I'm just saying, if you do feel like sponsoring Kiddo, we'd be thrilled and grateful, that's all. I also promise not to hit the blogosphere up for any further fundraising efforts this year, too!)

In any event, thanks for reading and the next post will return you to your regularly scheduled ramblings, I promise!


kwr221 said...

(My) Emma did this last year and was able to sign up online, so that people could make donations online.

Good luck to her!

Ronnica said...

I loved the Jump Roping fundraising event when I was a kid! I know that I did it at least a couple years (I'm not sure that we did it after I moved to a new school). I'd love to support Kiddo's fundraising efforts a little...send me the link!

Carrie said...

I remember doing Jump Rope for Heart when I was a kid! I didn't know they still did it. Send me the linkage and I will donate, m'kay? oikology101 at gmail dot com

nikkicrumpet said...

One of those hard things you have to do as a mom...I always hated this stuff!