When I received the Rockstar Community Fund (RCF) gift card in the mail, I didn’t have an immediate plan I was just excited for the opportunity to “do good.” I had ideas for the card, big ideas, ideas that needed a Hallmark Channel movie made about them. I wanted to buy gloves and scarves and leave them tied to trees so people could grab them as they needed them. I thought about snagging the rest of the Stars off the Angel Tree at the mall and fulfilling all the wishes. I wanted to commission someone to knit sweaters for all the Chihuahuas at the local animal shelter. The letter did say, “get creative” after all.
As I pondered my options and wondered who would play me in the Hallmark Channel movie (Sandra Bullock, of course) I scrolled by a friend’s Facebook post. My body froze as I read the message. The family had just learned that a young relative was diagnosed with a life threatening illness. I felt a familiar tightness in my stomach. My daughter was born with a rare brain disorder that was not discovered until her first birthday. I know the exhaustion of trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy for work, family, friends, and especially the other healthy child, when all your thoughts are consumed by the sick baby.
In her post, my friend was asking for gift card donations to grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations so the family could focus on getting their child to and from the treatment center located in a city nearby. My heart ached for the family and the journey they were preparing for. I knew in that moment I would send them the RCF card to be used for whatever item would give them comfort. In addition, I added a $30 gift card to Target – because Target is my happy place.
Sending the card to my friend will not produce the same smiling warm fuzzy feels that a dozen Chihuahuas in matching sweaters would, but I know the family will be grateful to receive a gift that allows them to keep all their energy focused on the only thing that matters right now, the health of their child.
Thank you, Nate and Jay! Artwork by Katie Stone: Survivor - Vein of Galen Malformation