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by Megan Dobbs, Marketing & Communications Director
These are challenging times. For nonprofits. For businesses. For families. For us all.
We're seven weeks away from Abilene Gives, the 24-hour day of online giving to support local nonprofit organizations. We don't know exactly what the next seven weeks will hold, but we do know nonprofits are already being greatly affected by measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A number of local nonprofits have had to cancel spring fundraising events, and we know they're preparing for even more potential funding challenges in the coming days as needs arise.
If ever there has been a time when our nonprofits have needed the community to rally around them with support, it's now. So, yes, Abilene Gives will go on.
Consider some of the invaluable ways our community depends on nonprofits:
This list provides a quick snapshot of just a handful of the ways nonprofits bring life to our community. Nonprofits serving each of these causes, and those not listed here, will in some capacity experience challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis.
Abilene Gives is typically a time of celebration and fun. It may take on a slightly different tone this year. We'll likely have to do without the festive gatherings, block parties, and other nonprofit events promoting the giving day. With or without the usual festivities, Abilene will step up, just as it always does.
Perhaps a good comparison to end on, at least in my own assessment, is to think of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! story. Remember when the Grinch thought he had stolen Christmas, only to hear the Whos singing? Think of the Grinch as Coronavirus and the Whos as Abilenians — resilient, joyful, together.
Fahoo fores, everyone!
"And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low, then it started to grow.
But this sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded glad!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing without any presents at all!
He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his Grinch feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling. "How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes, or bags!"
He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!"
- Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!