Our Pedal Ruthie Home Trike/Bike-a-Thon was a HUGE success!!! I can not thank everyone who helped enough.
So, to start, a few shout outs to our friends and family who helped with planning, donating, and the day of;
all our parents and my grandma,
our dear friends,
and the businesses who sponsored our fundraiser;
Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics
Midwest Mailworks, Inc
Randy Fleming Heating and Air Conditioning
Baskin Robbins of Rockford
If you are in the area PLEASE show these businesses some love!
Back to the fundraiser. The kids had a BLAST!! They looked adorable wearing their Pedal Ruthie Home shirts and riding their bikes. We had a tunnel made from pool noodles, “carwash” to go though, and bubble machines. I think some of the kids rode the whole two hours!
Little Moose rode his bike (or any other tricycle that a child walked away from) the whole morning. We were surprised because he had been saying for weeks that he would only ride four laps and than would be too tired. We were so proud of him! After we cleaned up and were getting in the van his enthusiasm quickly turned to crushed. I asked him why he was so sad. His answer, because it was over and Ruthie never came. 😦 poor guy misunderstood and thought that if he rode enough his sister would come. It is SO hard for a little one to understand time and waiting. We have been trying to be clear that she will not be ready to come home until after his birthday. But still, he wants her now just as much as Mommy and Daddy do.
The boys AWESOME babysitter and a friend of hers did face painting for the kiddo’s. They did a great job and the kids loved that the face painters would try anything they requested.
We also had balloons for the kids. Each balloon had a picture attached of a child on Reece’s Rainbow that is still waiting for their forever family. It was a joy to be able to share these precious kids of all ages, from various countries, and with a variety of special needs. Our hope and prayer is that maybe one of these children will find a family through their balloon. And more awareness has been raised!
Our Silent Auction went great! Several business including Lino’s Restaurant, Woodman’s, and Royal Hobby Shop donated some awesome items. There are a few things left that will be available soon in an online auction. Be watching for that. 🙂
We have several T-shirts available in children’s size XS-L. Please let me know if you would like one (or two or three) They are $10 each locally or $15 to ship, if you want more than one the shipping will be combined.
And finally, if you would like to raise money and do your own virtual Walk-a-Thon or Bike-a-Thon for Ruthie we would love to help you get started! I can send you a pledge sheet which you would use to ask for donations from friends, family, co-workers. Set a date, time, location of your choice and go for a walk or bike ride, collect your donor pledges, and send them to us or our Family Sponsorship Account with Reece’s Rainbow. Super simple and GREATLY appreciated!
Thank you again to everyone who was involved in any way to make this a great success!