I witnessed something extraordinary this weekend...a sliver of shining light in these dim times. And it is something that charities, schools, small businesses, big corporations, and government would do well to take note of.
There is still money out there to be spent. But the difference between now and back then is that before people part with their money, they want proof it will do some greater good....whether that "good" is putting people back to work, repairing a roadway, or insuring teachers and students have the tools they need to teach and learn.
Our public school auction was held Saturday night. And despite these tough times - and A LOT of worrying by yours truly - parents spent money. Lots of it. In fact, we exceeded our budgeted projections and might even have some money left-over to start a "rainy day" fund to get our PTA through these lean years.
And although these parents bid, bought and got great deals on things they would probably be buying anyway (summer camps, haircuts, gift cards at grocery stores), they REALLY opened up their wallets for heartfelt, personal and meaningful items like Principal for the Day opportunities for their kids, bowling with the popular PE teacher, a museum outing with a First Grade teacher and most especially the quilts made by the kids in each classroom and sewn together during weekend quilting bees by many a mom (and a few dads).
There is money to be spent out there, if people really believe it will do some good, and not just line someone else's expensive pocket.
Plus, another tip I learned over the weekend. A lot of wine and a DJ help!