Some of us are so very lucky to know them, our lives blessed simply because we were able to cross paths, or if we're really lucky, were able to spend time with them, never the same after meeting them.
Enter: Leroy Rutland.
Leroy Rutland was a devoted husband, a loving father to his five children (one son, four daughters!), and a kind and supportive grandfather, including to the most important man in my life, my hub.
Mr. Rutland spent his life serving others through a number of endeavors but was especially passionate about giving back to his local community of Aiken, South Carolina, through an organization called ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving). Since his unexpected passing in December 2006, we have come together as a family to honor him each year by doing what he loved best: giving back to others.
This year marks the eighth year our family is coming together to raise money and provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need in the Aiken community. We have really raised the stakes year, with hopes of providing complete Thanksgiving dinners to more than 80 different families by raising $3,250.
I know this is a crazy, busy time of year, and also an expensive time of year, but it is also my favorite: not only does it allow for more family time and memory making, but it serves as a time that strongly encourages us to give back to others who are less fortunate. Our family chooses to do that in a way that honors the legacy of a man who has changed our lives forever, in the best possible way: by providing love, support, encouragement, and joy to those around us.
I would absolutely LOVE if you could donate even a small amount to this worthy cause that is so very close to my heart. I know people always say "even a small donation will help," But honestly? Even a small donation will help. :) Find $5 in your washing machine? Throw it in! No need for Starbucks today? We'll gladly take those PSL funds.
If nothing else, please just take a moment to visit the fundraising page my sweet hub set up this year and consider passing it on to others who may also want to help:
From my family's heart to yours, thank you, thank you, thank you. It means the world to us.
And also? Let the holiday season of giving begin!!! <3