1. What is “Dump Day?”
- Dump Day started last May 5th when we all raised over $12,500 for the Dump Fund. Everyone came together and pledged money and hungry people were fed. Here’s the post if you want to look back. Now that a year has passed we want to have another “Dump Day” fundraiser to make sure we’re able to continue to feed the hungry people of the Tegucigalpa, Honduras dump.
- In November of 2008 I got a newsletter from a group of kids who were doing some mission work down in Honduras. They mentioned in their newsletter about going out to the dump and feeding people who lived there. When I first read it I thought to myself, “No way is there really people who live at a dump and eat out of the trash.” I emailed them and found out more about their work. They were making and taking sandwiches to them when the funds to do so were available. About six months later we decided to have a fund raiser for them on this blog. My dream was to raise about $2500 for this work. I dreamed much too small.
- May 5th is my cancer anniversary. This year I will have been cancer free for 7 years. What better way to celebrate surviving cancer and being cancer free than doing something like this.
- By doing two things: 1) help pass the word about what we’re doing here on May 5th. You can use your blog, your church bulletin, your email, send letters or any other way of getting the word out. The more people that know, the more people that can help. And 2) make a donation. Stop by on May 5th and leave a comment with what you’re pledging to give. That helps us keep up with where we are on the fund-raiser.
- Once you leave a pledge (“I’ll give $50, etc.”), you make out a check, money order or use the Paypal button on the side-bar of this blog. We’re trying to make it as easy as possible to give. On May 5th I’ll include the address where you can mail your money, if you pay by check or money order.
- This is simple … your money will go to help feed the people at the dump. Period.
- This year I’m challenging you to a Dump Day fast. A 30 hour fast that will coincide with the Dump Day marathon. It will be a reminder to us that there are hungry people in this world, and they can’t be overlooked. I’m not sure there’s ever been a day in the Tegucigalpa dump when the people have actually had more to eat than me … but on May 5th they will. I will be fasting and on that day (Dump Day, May 5th), and my friend Marc Tindall will be feeding rice, beans, tortillas, bananas and water to the people at the dump.
- I challenge you to fast from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday evening. Then you can take the money you’d have spent on meals and give that money to hungry people. What better way to spend the money you saved on meals?
- I also challenge you to some accountability on this by signing up. Simply leave a comment that says, “I’m in on the fast.” You in? Here are the people that have committed so far: Marc Tindall, James Jones, Sherry Hubright, Greg England, Tami Scott, Nick Gill, Janice Garrison, Gary Mabry, Brian Vaughan, Denson Ligon, John Dobbs, Amber Henderson, Nicole Fitzgerald, Kim Robinson, Monica Abayta, Donna Gossett, James E Hampton III … who did I miss?