All of our donations so far have added up to $9,295…. And Y’all, that is just amazing! To think that so many families took time out of their #memorialdayweekend to honor the families of our nation’s fallen military heroes…the number of parents and mentors that intentionally taught the youth of America the value and cost of their freedom…those of you that taught these young ones about what a #goldstarfamily is…just makes me so very proud. I’m proud of all of you for recognizing and honoring our precious Gold Star families.
When we began the #LemonAID campaign, I promised that who ever raised the most money with their #LemonAID stand would be given 4 park hopper passes to Disney. I have been seriously excited to see who would be the recipient of such an awesome reward!
The family who won was indeed most deserving. The wife has been part of our all night crafting when we are prepping for a Gold Star Mother’s Day Dinner or when we are pulling all nighters getting #thehousethatlovebuilt ready for gifting to a Gold Star family. She has been tireless in her efforts to get food donated to feed our volunteers whether we are wrapping gifts all night long for Gold Star kids or bringing coffee to tired contractors remodeling a home for a family of a fallen soldier. This family has been staunchly supporting every effort that Believe With Me makes and so it was no surprise to me that they won the four day park hopper passes to Disney due to their overwhelming effort all weekend long to raise funds.
Every day over #memorialdayweekend, they had a stand in different locations. Flags, food, signage, music… they worked day in and day out all weekend long serving #LemonAID and getting donations. They hauled their stand as far as two hours north to Vero Beach hoping to raise awareness and raise even more money for Believe With Me. I was humbled by their complete devotion which even included having relatives from other states give online and selling raffle items at their stand. Truly, this family was a marching band all weekend long for America’s Gold Star families!
The Godin family, Rachel and Jason, and their SEVEN children will be receiving our prize for most money raised with a total of $1200 given towards #LemonAID! I only wish we had more tickets to give towards a family that has been so faithful in helping Believe With Me make such a difference in the lives of America’s #goldstarfamilies. Coming in second place is the Stern family with $707 dollars raised and third place goes to the Jerabek group with $452 in donations in just one night!
(not that I have a prize for second or third place but I just wanted to recognize their incredible efforts!)
Great job everyone! Whether you raised a ton of money or just had a ton of fun (hopefully it was both!) please know that we are so very thankful for your efforts and so very grateful that you #believewithme that we can truly make a difference in the life of this nation when we remember and honor America’s Gold Star families and recognize their continued sacrifices as the very reason that we have every freedom and opportunity that this great nation gives.