Memorial Contributions Making a Difference
A personal message from Mayor Elaine Scruggs (from 'Glendale Connections' article)
Over the past several years I have written about how your contributions to From the Heart help non-profit agencies provide essential human services to those in need. In the past few months I have had an opportunity to personally witness the power of this incredible program.
Many of you know that my dad passed away in June. Throughout his life, Dad looked for ways to help others. Whether he was loaning out tools from his well-stocked garage, helping someone remodel or repair their home, or unhesitatingly writing a check, Dad was always there for those in need.
We all know there are folks who prefer to contribute to a special cause “in lieu of flowers”. When thinking of which organization to direct family and friends’ contributions to in honor of Dad, From the Heart seemed the perfect choice. From the Heart helps many organizations, diverse in their missions, and reaches far into our community. Sounded just like Dad.
The fact that the BHHS Legacy Foundation matches all contributions to From the Heart by 50 percent made the choice even better. My dad was definitely good with finances; 50 percent return on an investment would be right up his alley.
Through the generosity of family and friends (including some of you reading this column), close to $7,000 has been received in honor of Dad. That money will multiply into more than $10,000 once the Legacy Foundation match is applied. This spring a group of community members will volunteer their time to review applications and decide how those funds, and the rest of this year’s contributions, will be awarded to organizations that serve Glendale residents. I am humbled and proud at the same time to know so many will be helped in Dad’s memory.
I would like to encourage you to also consider naming From the Heart in situations when you give your family and friends a suggestion of what to send “in lieu of flowers or gifts”. What can be better than giving a donation that will multiply by 50 percent and make a difference in the lives of hundreds.
Thank you for your continued generosity to make life better for countless Glendale residents.
(For information on giving, CLICK HERE.)