week #2: mothers, marbles & fighting MS
When I remembered it was mother’s day, it wasn’t hard for me to pick which project I wanted to feature this week for #give10 x 10. Today we’re going to meet Connor and hear about his dream for his mom and how he became a world changer at age five.
You briefly met Marbles4MS when we first gave 10$ in July, and again in December when more than 1,000 of you voted on who should get an extra special donation on our 300th day of giving.
The thing I love about this story is that Marbles4MS isn’t a big organization’s fundraising campaign. It is a five year old’s idea for change put into action. You see, Connor’s mom has MS and he wants to do what he can to help.
“Our project is raising money and awareness to cure our Mom and MS forever. We try to inspire people to help us and we think it works. Little kids can make a big difference, ” is how he described it.
Connor makes paintings using marbles rolled with paint in cigar boxes and sells them with proceeds going to the National MS Society so the “scientist guys can fix Mommy and everyone with Multiple Sclerosis”. In its first year, Connor and his 9-yr old brother Jackson raised $45,000 to help find a cure.
We asked Connor to #give10 answers about his project. (no non-profit marketing spin here, just straight from the heart of a now six year old).
1. Last year #give10 gave $310 to Marbles for MS ($10 + $300 for our 300th day prize). What has this done?
The $310 donation was sent to the National MS Society. They spend their money on scientists to find a cure and on helping people and families that live with MS.
2. What are you most excited about in the year to come.
In the next year, we’re really excited to share our story with new people because just hearing it sometimes makes them feel better, and to see where our new adventures take us!
3. What do you think is the role of the individual who can only make a small donation?
For our charity, their role is everything. When we sell a $2 bookmark, that sale is just as important to us as any donation. That person helped and that’s what matters.
4. How can a small 10$ donation make a difference in achieving your mission?
In that $10 donation, there could be the dollar that finds the cure.
5. What is one thing you wish that the people who give to your cause knew or understood better?
We wish people knew how hard MS is to live with and that it’s their support that gives us the strength to keep going.
6. What do you think stops people from giving to a charity?
Maybe people can’t really connect with the cause, or maybe they think it would take more money than they have to make a difference. But it could be their dollar that finds a cure.
7. What do you think motivates the people who do donate to give again?
When a charity tries new ideas to raise money, maybe the same people will be newly inspired to give again.
8. What did your project accomplish that you are you most proud of this year?
We are most proud of 2 things: being invited to the National MS Conference in Dallas. We met so many people who are trying to cure this disease and made a lot of new friends. The other thing we are really proud of is making a painting for the CEO of Valero Corporation in San Antonio. We (Connor) told him it was going to cost $10,000 and he wrote a check to the MS Society.
9. What are three projects (other than your own) you would want other donors to learn about and support?
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation because she’s like us, making a dollar at a time.
- Small animal rescue groups since so many animals need help.
- And we’d like people to know about Make-A-Wish Foundation. It must be so hard to be sick when you’re a kid, so it’s important to make a dream come true for them.
10. What is one question people usually ask you about your project, and how do you answer it?
Most people ask us when we’ll be done with our project. We tell them we won’t stop until there’s a cure.
You can find Marbles for MS online and buy your own original artwork from Connor here: www.marbles4ms.org
Facebook: Marbles 4 MS
I have to say, that the only thing more amazing than giving 10$ to change is giving 10$ to a 5 year old world changer. Watch out MS, the future is committed to finding a cure.
Happy Mother’s Day to Connor’s mom and the rest of you out there!