Monday, April 9, 2012
Day 100: Supported the 100 Club
Here we are. Day 100. The first real milestone of this journey. It is insane to think that we are almost a third of the way through the 366 Random Acts. Something that started out as a simple New Year's resolution and promise to my daughter has turned in to one of the most rewarding things I have ever been involved in. I have met so many amazing people on this journey such as Miles Austrevich, the LaGiglia Family, Pastor Corey Brooks, the kids in the AVID program at Kelly High School, and many other people both here and abroad that have had such a profound impact on my life and mission. Fears that I wouldn't be able to complete this mission have been replaced with hope and excitement of what is still to come. I have some surprises up my sleeve for the rest of the year, but as always, I welcome ideas from anyone. Please continue to spread the word about this blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account (@366RandomActs) so that the end of the year donation can continue to grow! Now to Day 100...
A year ago, my friend Paul graduated from the academy and became a member of the Chicago Police Department. He comes from a family that is very dedicated to service as his father, brother and brother-in-law all serve to protect people in the Chicagoland area. Paul works in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods here in Chicago, not because he was told to, but because he volunteered to go there in order to make a difference. I get super stressed out whenever the lead story on the news mentions a police officer shot because on top of Paul, I have a cousin and a number of other family members and friends that are police officers. The sad reality is that there are those out there who have gone through the same stress that I do, but unfortunately, their loved one is the name that appears on the screen. When losing someone, there is obviously a tremendous burden on their families, but sadly, there is a great financial burden as well. The 100 Club of Chicago (and other cities around the country) exists to help ease the financial burden of the families of brave men and women who serve in public safety, police and fire departments who lose their lives or are severely injured in the line of duty. So today, for my random act of kindness, I am going to purchase a hat from the 100 Club with proceeds going towards helping the families.