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By Sarah Corbin
This year Dudes Making a Difference, an Oak Park River Forest High School group, is selling poinsettias and wreaths to support the education of specific children in Nepal. Dudes Making a Difference sounds like a pretty great idea for a high school club truly. The club's mission is to help children in Nepal through various efforts. In the early Fall they even hosted a rummage sale where all the funds raised went to this same mission.
Sam Dull, student member of the group, contacted me personally to ask if we could say something on OakPark.com about their fundraising efforts. And it's a testament to Sam that he didn't give up contacting me. He was persistent. And he was thankful. There is a lesson in this about learning to communicate well, following up and taking ownership of projects. I really was thrilled about the chance to buy a wreath and a poinsettia and support Dudes Making a Difference in their consistent effort to do just that: make a difference.
There are numerous opportunities in our community to support organizations or causes through their holiday "greenery" sales. My church group has held a poinsettia sale for years. The YMCA's tree lot sells wreaths as well. And while It's been a few years since I knew a boy scout to buy a wreath from, the scouts are still here too, selling wreaths to support their community efforts.
This year, I was really impressed with the student leadership of Dudes Making a Difference. And I love the idea of hanging a wreath & displaying a poinsettia that represent eternity and good cheer, and knowing that purchase is supporting children in Nepal.
If you would like to contact Dudes Making a Difference to order a holiday wreath or poinsettia you can email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org.