Wouldn’t that be awesome! If you were to wake up and find out that you had just won the lottery…….what would you do?

I would be willing to bet that many of our board members and volunteers, who have a STRONG PASSION for our clubs, would decide to make a nice donation to our campaign! ONE THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE! I bet it would make you feel good to make a difference in the life of a young person who lacks some of the key resources that you had growing up.

Well I have news for you…..YOU ALREADY WON THE LOTTERY (figuratively speaking). You probably grew up in a good home with loving parents and a sense of belonging. You probably were expected to attend school, expected to attend college, expected to succeed, expected to have good character, expected to make good grades. You probably were nurtured and given a sense of self-worth, a sense of importance, a feeling of constant forward progress. You probably had people in your life that cared about your well-being and what you would become long after they were gone. You probably had someone who dreamed about your future.

I challenge you to share your “LOTTERY WINNINGS” with others! Your time…Your resources….Your mentorship…Your fundraising efforts. I promise it will make you feel good to help others. I promise your sacrifice will be meaningful to others in ways you can’t comprehend.

I don’t know how you felt when Levelle Moton’s NCCU Eagles took the court in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament…but I felt a great degree of Pride and Purpose. I didn’t suffer the hardships that Levelle must have felt growing up. I didn’t work as hard as Ron who was his mentor at the club. I didn’t counsel Levelle and others at the clubs on smart moves nor drive him to stay in school.
What I did do was ….pound the phones, write letters, invite people to tour the clubs, and send emails to hundreds of people over the past 17 years to make sure kids like Levelle could come to the clubs and that we could employ people like Ron to take care of those kids. I dream of serving more kids and employing more mentors to propel more DREAMS and give kids a chance at GREAT FUTURES. I try to convey my passion for the MISSION we have, for the KIDS we serve, for the STAFF that makes a difference, and for the COMMUNITY in which we live.

SEND a few more people your PASSION for our organization and ask them to help this year. OFFER them a club tour. OFFER them a glimpse into lives of these kids. OFFER them the chance to make a difference.

None of us will probably ever win the real LOTTERY but don’t deny yourself the opportunity to feel like you did. Be The ONE. Make a DIFFERENCE. Feel the PRIDE and PURPOSE.

Let these kids know….. GREAT FUTURES START HERE.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference with a financial donation this year, I hope that you’ll consider reading this compelling story by Boys & Girls Club Alumna, Brittaney Rea, and giving financially through her webpage, if you feel compelled to do so.  Brittaney’s GREAT FUTURE started at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club several years ago.  Now she is a wonderful young woman attending NC State University, is a past Youth of the Year winner, and she has set up her own personal fundraising page as a way to give back to the organization that has given her so much.