Maybe it’s because I am getting older. Maybe it’s because every month there seems to be some occasion that is asking for access to my wallet. Perhaps it is a combination of the two but we literally have only just finished putting away everything from Christmas and now it is Valentines Day.
I cannot get excited about more chocolates (I still have to lose the weight I gained from all of last year’s chocolate) or an overpriced card that says the things we should be sharing on a regular basis. I can get excited about saving the life of a person with diabetes with the Spare a Rose campaign.
For the third year in a row, the Diabetes Online Community has come together to help the IDF’s Life for a Child Program. The idea is that a dozen roses cost $60. $60 would cover one year’s worth of insulin under the IDF’s program. Since no one wants to see anyone end up in the dog house for not giving your loved one the required flowers for Valentine’s day, the idea of “spare a rose” was born.
What is Spare a Rose?
Give your loved one 11 roses this Valentines Day instead of 12. Spend $55 and then give that extra $5 to the IDF. That $5 donation will last a lot longer than the rose.
With a lot of TLC, I am guessing you will only get a week out of the roses and a day or two of goodwill. If you spare a rose you will get the week of seeing those 11 roses blossom, and a child will get one month’s worth of insulin. Your sweetheart will know how much you care about others and which might be worth an extra week of goodwill from him/her!
How to Spare a Rose.
This year its easier than ever to get involved. Click on the donation page, choose the currency you would like your donation in (you have a choice!!), decide if you want to make a one time or monthly donation, decide how many roses you are willing to forfeit for a great cause (one? two? the entire dozen?), and finally choose how you want to pay. You can pay from your PayPal account, a credit card, or a bank account. It really is that simple to save a life! You can even share this idea with your office and create an office campaign.
If you are like me and not a big fan of February’s Hallmark Holiday, I encourage you to turn it into something meaningful and become a part of the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign. Tell your loved one how important they are to you and then show them how much you care about others by donating a rose (or twelve) to save a life!
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