Spreading the Love
By Karen Schulz
It comes as no surprise that our smart, creative, and generous community has come up with an abundance of ways to help those in need during this pandemic. Watching everyone share their strengths is awe-inspiring and a solid reminder of why we love where we live.
Some have dusted off their sewing machines to crank out colorful masks for essential workers, while others have taken to guerilla fund-raising efforts for front-line quality masks. Rafele has been cranking out meals for hospital workers; others are donating their counseling services during this anxiety-ridden time. It is wonderful seeing the tapestry of talents weaving ways to heal their neighbors.
There are so many meaningful ways to help, including simply making a financial donation.
You may remember the “G” sign campaign from a few years back that raised not only significant funds for Rye High School, but also a lot of community spirit. Families with and without children in the school system bought a yard sign with an understanding that we are all in this together, and a strong school system is a major part of what makes Rye so special.
When Lisa Hogan, my friend and partner in crime on the “G” sign project, reached out to Maria Kacha and me with her concern for Rye’s mom-and-pop shops, she asked what we thought about resurrecting the concept on their behalf. That is where loverye.org was born.
Each mom-and-pop owner is a rock star who brings their distinct personality, individuality, and passion to work every day and makes our small town unique. They make our town a destination, a place you want to stay a while. You know your favorite shop owners; they know your kids. And when the fiscal crisis resulting from the pandemic has abated, we want to make sure these businesses make it through by helping them now, so they can pay their rent, utilities, and employees.
We also know there are many who need food right here in Rye as well as our neighboring towns. Two local food-assistance programs, Bread of Life and Caritas, have been working tirelessly to get food to those who need it most, and we want to keep them going.
Finally, we are just three women trying to do good. Thanks to The Rye Lions Club (and Lora Katsikas, treasurer extraordinaire), this effort came together in a week’s time. Now, it is not only easy to make your donation through their entity, but we won’t look like money launderers to the IRS when all your generous donations start to roll in.
With a contribution of $100 or more, a big red LOVE RYE sign will be delivered to your lawn, and, soon, the whole town will be bursting with love. Go to loverye.org today and make a donation to the effort as a whole, or specifically to Rye Mom & Pop Shops, Bread of Life, Caritas, or The Rye Lions Club.
The truly amazing news is that on April 30, Day One, the campaign received over $15,000. Keep up the good work, Rye.