SEATTLE WA. - Seattle Niners Faithful took the Polar Plunge today. They won the Team Spirit, Best Costume and Largest Team awards.
They would have swept the awards but after they got mentioned on local news, it encouraged another team to get a big donation to pass us for most raised. BUT, they take pride in knowing they caused that!
They had 23 plungers who raised $6500 for Special Olympics!
It was there that we met some very wonderful people. They got to know my husband, myself and my kids and always welcomed us with open arms. After learning that my husband wasn't working they were concerned about how we were going to provide Christmas presents to our kids since money was tight. Unbeknownst to us they had signed up our kids for gifts from Toys for Tots.
It was such an amazing feeling to know that my kids were not going to experience the pain of not having gifts on Christmas. In the months leading to the next years Christmas (2013) I thought it would be a great experience to give back to someone in need just like it was done for my family. So I proposed the idea of a toy drive to the committee. I'll admit they weren't to fond of the idea due to a concern of there not being a good turnout or enough participation from members.
But I went out on a limb & contacted Toys for Tots just to get a general idea of what goes into doing a toy drive. That's when I met Virginia Cardinal... She's the Coordinator of Toys for Tots Fresno County. She was excited to work with us & her excitement fueled my desire to keep pushing the idea on the committee. I was able to get 1 committee member on board (Raul Madrigal) and even his wife (Stephanie Madrigal). Together we decided on a date, a location, made a flier & posted it on Facebook to see how many members were interested. To our surprise there were lots!