Many of you know I worked for a clothing company called Horny Toad for a few years. There’s more awesome to the company than incredible comfortable clothing that often doesn’t scream, “I’m wearing the most comfortable clothing in the world.” (Think what you’d wear to an 8:30am final in college.) in addition, the folks who run the company, work for the company, source for the company, produce for the company, distribute for the company are *good people.*
It’s the distribution I’d like to talk about here. Since 1997 HT has partnered with Planet Access Company (PAC), a distribution center outside of Chicago. PAC works with Search, Inc., an organization whose primary objective is to empower and enrich adults with developmental disabilities, a demographic far too often overlooked. These men and women work to pick and pack the warehouse’s orders. They get paid. They are so enthusiastic, so excited, to be treated with dignity and respect (shouldn’t be so much to ask, right?).
Par for the course, this is all a long lead-in.
Search, Inc., is a part of the Coleman Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Matching Grants Program this year – the philanthropic answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This Tuesday the Coleman Foundation is offering a dollar-for-dollar match of donations up to $15,000. That can make a difference in the lives of so many who deserve a difference made in their lives because they’ve had their families and the state give up on them.
Like the posts on the Animal Refuge League I’ve been sharing of late, this is an effort that can make a very real difference in the lives of a lot of people (in the case of the ARL, a difference in the lives of animals). As I’ve said in my other entreaties, it’s not always easy to find the money to give this time of year, but with the ARL and Search, Inc., these are opportunities where five dollars can make a huge difference.
Let’s do what we can to make Giving Tuesday a thing. Whether it’s a dollar, a word, a hug or a smile we all have something we can give and each of these things are capable of changing the world.