An Anderson County Sheriff Deputy just came to our house, in the dark and snow, to pick up the donation we got ready. 100 bags of 250 cards each (each kid gets an autograph or jersey card!) please several sets in limited edition binders. The sets are from 1994 Nascar cards which includes early Jeff Gordon cards and Dale Earnhardt Sr cards!
We didn’t get to take any pictures because it’s dark and getting bad outside and I’m sure he needed to be out on the roads…but a huge thanks to them for picking them up; hopefully the kids love them!
With our tshirt launch, we had a question from a long time supporter – @marissafriedcj (on Twitter). Marissa has been supporting us for a long time and always retweets our stuff and we can’t think her enough for it. Her question was a good one and we wanted to expand on the answer for everyone.
Question – “Out of curiosity what is the money going towards? Supplies/donations trips?”
We aren’t an official tax deductible charity; I’m just a guy that donated his collection of trading cards and the story sort of went viral and then this little project blew up into an international thing with us getting cards donated from other countries! None of this was planned; I contacted our local charity folks and told them what we were doing and that said it was fine but that we should stay away from accepting cash donations; so we have a policy that we don’t accept cash donations. We have received a donation through paypal before that went to purchase specific autograph cards for a DARE donation that we did and our buddies over at Kidder Cards paid for our Pittsburgh donation trip.
With the exception of the two situations above, any money situation has come straight from my pocket. We have made donation trips to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chattanooga, Cincinnati and everywhere in between and those trips are NOT cheap. We also continue to buy specific cards to fill spots in donations- for example. If we have a donation to kids at a wrestling show but have limited number of wrestling cards, we go out and buy a box of wrestling cards to try to make the donation kid specific…again, directly out of our pocket.
Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m not complaining- I honestly love doing this and I don’t mind putting the money into the project, however, we are a lower middle class family with a 7 year old and living ain’t cheap J
With that said, I started looking at ways to raise money without accepting cash donations and the best way to do that is to sell you something…a TSHIRT! We don’t claim any of the money spent on C4K on our taxes because then I feel that it wouldn’t really be “charity” if we were trying to get tax breaks.
Besides the big donations to the big cities, we make tons of donations to little cities here in Kentucky all the time, so here is an example.
I’m getting ready to start working on a donation for a DARE program with roughly 300 kids. The breakdown is pretty simple- the cards were mostly all donated, the total for the bags is roughly $15 and the gas to get the cards about 45 minutes away will be roughly $16.50. So, just for this little local donation, it’s going to cost us $31.50 out of our pocket.
Now, $31.50 doesn’t seem like too much…however, when you realize that we have donated over 2.3 million cards to over 40 different charities in less than 2 years…then it starts adding up pretty quick.
We also just confirmed with our local Sheriff’s Department that they would love to have us set up a table on Halloween 2014 to donate cards; he stated that we should plan for 1,000 kids. If we use smaller bags and each kid gets 100 cards, then that is a 100,000 card donation HOWEVER, it’s Halloween so we would want to throw in some candy as well, so there is another way the cash would come in handy.
Once again, I’m not complaining or saying “hey, look at what we are doing” but I am saying that the shirts are just a way for us to raise some funds to pull the $31.50 from when we need it.
Hopefully this doesn’t come off as my being an asshole; but I try to keep everything open about what we are doing and felt like this was a good question and deserved a detailed answer.
I also wanted to add something about the shirt itself; I specifically added the “#C4KFamily” because I want folks that see it to ask about it or just be aware that Jerry doesn’t do this; the C4KFamily does it. It really means a lot to me to recognize those that have helped us (over 285 people so far) as “family”. Out of the 2.3 million cards donated, I’ve personally donated about 110,000…the rest has come from you guys. Based on all of the money that my wife and I have put into this project, we could have NEVER used that money to purchase 2.3 million trading cards to donate to kids.
C4K wouldn’t exist without the #C4KFamily and I really want to continue to put the spotlight on that.
Thanks to all of the supporters and folks that have helped us by donating or just spreading the word!
PS – Buy a damn shirt!!
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