Today is World Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Day. It is the day to recognize the inspiring people involved in non-profit organizations at every level. Worldwide, there are numerous charitable organizations, large and small, representing scores of interests and activities. Each share the crucial role of protecting and respecting fundamental human rights.
As a young business, donating money to charity didn’t seem to be a priority. It certainly wasn’t on our top 10 list of must-do’s when it came to what was most important in growing our business. Money had to be allocated to inventory, marketing, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da…right? That said, we do have the heart and desire to be charitable. As Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not how much you give, but how much love you put into giving.” I’m about to get personal and talk about one of the organizations Pinwheel Gift Co. supports and why.
A few years before Jamie and I launched Pinwheel Gift Company, her mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. She was just 60 years old. Watching Jamie struggle with this news was nothing compared to the brutal, aggressive nature of the disease. Over the span of five years, Jamie’s mother, Randi, went from someone with an occasional look of confusion to essentially a non-verbal woman with the inability to care for her most basic needs. Five years ago, Jamie had conversations with her mother. Today, Jamie can only speak to her mother, the disease having stripped Randi’s ability to reciprocate. Over the course of five years, I listened to Jamie recount the changes in her mother’s personality after every visit. The downward spiral is heartbreaking. Randi now requires 24-hour care in a supervised nursing facility.
As of today, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and those with the disease always get worse.
Jamie and I support the Alzheimer’s Association. We joined the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s and plan on doing it again this September. Jamie is even more involved in our local chapter and is currently the Logistics Chair.For more information on Alzheimer’s, please go to www.alz.org.