Let’s talk #GivingTuesdayNow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Giving Tuesday, this day follows Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday as a day to remember the spirit of giving too.

So what’s #GivingTuesdayNow? “A global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 and an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.” 

We are so excited for this collective day of kindness!

We’re approaching this time with a few challenges including matched donations:

Challenge 1: Spreading #HopeRenewalGrowth

I want to return to our mission: “Our mission at Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center is Hope, Renewal, and Growth- the meaning of the emerald gem stone. Through the use of equine assisted therapies, we strive to bring hope into the lives of the people we serve, provide them with a renewed sense of self, and give them an opportunity for growth.” Now we challenge YOU. How can YOU provide Hope, Renewal, and Growth to someone in need during this pandemic? Perhaps it’s writing encouraging sidewalk chalk messages for your neighbors. Maybe your community is providing services like grocery and pharmacy runs for those who can’t go to the stores or order online. Know of a friend posting that she’s going crazy while she tries to work from home and help her kids distance learn? Maybe your neighbor just needs a wave and a “hello!” Provide Hope. Provide Renewal. Provide Growth. Even if it feels like a temporary fix, we can all give in some way. Post your participation on this global day of giving and don’t forget to use our tag #HopeRenewalGrowth or send it to us so we can post it online. We can’t wait to see your acts of kindness!

Challenge 2: GoFundMeCharity Donation MATCH

GoFundMeCharity has promised $300,000 in $1,000 matched donations to campaigns for GivingTuesdayNow. The first 300 campaigns to have at least 10 donors reach or exceed $1,000 will receive a matched grant of $1,000. But this starts NOW and we can use your help to reach $1,000 ASAP. Head on over to GoFundMe Charity (direct link) if you can help!

Challenge 3: Additional Matched Donations

Recognizing our need for horse sponsorships to insure their care this year, an anonymous donor has pledged a $2,000 donation match to any donations over $1,000 on the GoFundMe page or donations made May 1st-7th received via our online form, or mailed directly to the farm. This donor urges anyone considering sponsoring a horse for 2020 to sponsor one today! Or if you wish to add a pledge to increase our match campaign, contact us by April 30th. The donor would love to see a virtual campaign to replace our missing fundraising event.

We appreciate your direct support, your shares, and your recommendations. We cannot wait to see your OWN commitment to #HopeRenewalGrowth! 

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