Gem City Athletes Give Back

Our gym held a Giving Tuesday donation event with our Team athletes.  We are trying to encourage a thoughtful mind and a giving heart this holiday season. We handed out letters encouraging our Team athletes to choose an organization, donate $1-$5 of their own money, and then write us a letter telling us why they chose that particular organization. The gym then matched up to $5 for each donation. The more our kids see giving the more likely they are to give themselves.  Whether they give of their money, their time, or their resources, we are thankful to have such generosity in our youth.

Letters written by Gem City athletesThere are two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. It’s is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

We hope these small donations are helpful.  We wish to encourage more giving in the future while involving our athletes to garner a more giving spirit year-round.  We were able to donate to 12 different organizations for a total of $230 by simply sending out this letter to our Team.  The organizations and their donations are:

  • Fostering Hope​ $15
  • Western Illinois Dream Factory​ $35
  • The Salvation Army – Quincy, IL​ $15
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital​ $55
  • NECAC Canton, MO. $10
  • Quincy Humane Society​ $10
  • Liberty Community Association $20
  • Blessing Health System​ (Cancer Center) $30
  • Good News of Christmas ​(Herald-Whig) $10
  • Camp Callahan​ $10
  • Quanada​ $10
  • Horizons Social Services​ $10

All donations were either made online or checks were mailed out on Wednesday.  Each organization will be receiving a letter explaining our event. They will also receive the original, handwritten letter from our athlete that nominated their cause.