All Things Madison is Going Over the Edge!

If you’re having dinner in the downtown Huntsville area next month and hear a faint (or not so faint!) shrill from a grown woman voluntarily rappelling down the side of a building, the odds are high that that shrill came from me. šŸ˜‰

I am thrilled (and a bit nervous – but mostly thrilled!) to announce that on Friday, September 17th I’ll be locking arms with local non-profit Kids To Love to raise money for our area foster care youth by going OVER THE EDGE and rappelling 160 feet down the side of Huntsville’s Regions Center.

One of my longtime friends is a foster parent here in Madison, and she introduced me to Kids To Love in Spring 2021. I was immediately intrigued by everything I discovered via their website and social channels and knew that I wanted to learn more.

I quickly scheduled a phone interview with Kids To Love so that I could dig a bit deeper and really learn the heart behind what they do and who they support. I expected to learn as much as I could so that I could write a helpful article for allthingsmadison.com about one of our fantastic foster care non-profits in the area.

But when I hung up the phone with Kids To Love Communications Director Julie Reyburn, I knew I wanted to do more than “just” crank out a story (but what I did write can be read here!) I wanted to get involved and support them in an additional way, which is when I discovered the option to participate as an OVER THE EDGE fundraising participant!

As part of my commitment to the OVER THE EDGE fundraiser, I have pledged to raise a minimum of $1,500 for the Kids To Love Foundation. I’ve already gotten the fundraising going by donating the first $100 myself and am super motivated to work hard to raise financial support for this life-changing organization. I know that the money raised will be valuable in helping Kids To Love support many of their visions and missions.

Back in May during National Foster Care Month, I share a handful of the ways that Kids To Love works around the clock year-round to support area foster care youth and their families. They do this by hosting weekly food drives, an annual school supply drive, Christmas projects, providing scholarships, and so much more. 

They even have a home called Davidson Farms for girls ages 10-19 where foster girls can feel safe, cared for, and loved through the atmosphere of a loving family.

Please watch the very brief video below that highlights the 2020 OVER THE EDGE event!

As a former high school English teacher, I witnessed the struggles that many of my foster care students dealt with. Support from an organization like Kids To Love could have been so powerful in changing the trajectory of their lives, and those sweet faces I taught are permanently ingrained in my memory. I hated watching them struggle through identity issues, placement changes, and so much more. 

Will you partner with me in supporting Kids To Love by donating on my OVER THE EDGE fundraising page? Every dollar helps in reaching my overall goal of $1,500 by September 17th. For every $50 donation you make, you’ll receive a Comfort Colors All Things Madison t-shirt! These shirts are incredibly comfortable and one that you’ll want to wear frequently!

Click here to head to my fundraising page and check out more about OVER THE EDGE!