Just a few days ago, I interviewed a couple who had stepped forward to talk about how their journey with dementia has been impacting them (the husband was diagnosed a couple of years ago; his wife is the primary caregiver).
The conversation was in the context of an article I’ll be writing—an appeal really—for the Alzheimer Society, which is in need of funds for expenses related to “respite” and other services that help both those who have been diagnosed and their families.
It’s a critical need and I know there are many, many organizations who face a classic supply/demand imbalance, where there are simply more people requiring more services than there are funds to support the work.
In the case of the Alzheimer Society, for which Marie Marcy-Smids works as a fund development officer, the budget for programs that help is being rapidly depleted.
So they need to appeal to the public for help, doing so through the upcoming (May 27) Walk for Alzheimer’s event. You can find the link HERE.
Thankfully, we live in a generous community and my guess (hope) is that when the story gets told of that need, the response will follow.
No one is taking it for granted, but the fact remains that when we hear about a need, whether it’s from an agency like the Alzheimer Society or, at a personal level like when someone in a church or other connection has a need, the floodgates open.
I think it speaks clearly about the level of care that we have for one another. We may not always show it and sometimes we show the opposite, like when we cut someone off in traffic or fail to wave a fellow driver who wants to merge, even when we see that the traffic light ahead is red.
But I think—I know—that when presented with a clear and present need for help, we’re more likely to step forward to help one another on a personal level or as part of a combined community appeal.
One of those opportunities is coming up this Wednesday when McDonald’s holds its McHappy Day at its local restaurants, which are owned by Colleen and Peter Buckley.
It’s not a big deal, but maybe it is. For every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal, or hot beverage sold on May 2, the stores will donate $1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Those funds, in turn, go to support families of sick children.
I plan to be at the London Road location starting at 10:30 a.m. Whether you’re able to “swing by” I hope you’ll at least ask yourself how you can make this community we call home a better place, in some way, on some day.
Whether it’s helping out locally through the Alzheimer Society, through McDonald’s Ronald McDonald House Charities, or any of the other great initiatives, it all helps.
And we’re in this together.