YOU DID IT.
YOU DID IT AND THEN YOU DID MORE.
You never stop showing up. Undaunted. Thank you for always showing up -- for people you don’t know -- to help heal the world by doing right by one precious person at a time. Thank you.
We needed $110,500 to give 19 Brave kids a chance to start a new life.
Then we found out 3 more kids needed us. So we asked you for more.
We needed $124,000.
You gave $200,042. In 24 hours.
Because of YOU, our 22 Brave Ones get what they need!
These tenacious, preserving kids will find out TODAY that strangers they will never meet see them, believe in them, and are showing up for them.
AND GUESS WHAT ELSE So will the Next Ten!! Those Ten – who without your support would have walked into City Living NY to courageously ask for the help they need and deserve, only to languish on a waitlist and face independent life utterly alone -- will now find out that they do not have to be alone anymore. They will learn, that because of a group of strangers, they do not have to wait any longer for the support they deserved long ago.
And LISTEN! Because you gave so outrageously, Not only do we get to stand in the gap for these 32, but we get to do more. What City Living NY said they need most for these kids is a part-time social worker to help them process their trauma and strategize for the future – professionally and personally. They desperately needed one part-time social worker for this vital role. YOU GOT THEM TWO.
You, this community – with our heartbreak, love, outrage and hope -- are building the world we believe in. Let’s believe it and build it forever.
Glennon & Together Rising
We are a collection of humans heartbroken, overwhelmed, and outraged by the grief and injustice in this World. In these times.
And yet, we keep showing up. Showing up to relentlessly defend each other’s rights; showing up to stand in the gap for the forgotten.
10 hours ago, we asked you to Love on 19 kids who have spent their lives in foster care, who are forced to start a new life in a gigantic city, utterly ALONE. Without a family, without a community, without what they need to start a life.
In the last 10 hours you have raised $104,917.
Amazingly, more than 3,000 of you have given to make this possible.
We only need $5,083 more to stand in the gap for these 19.
We just found out on a phone call today that 3 more kids need us. We need to stand for these three too. They will not be alone, not on our watch.
So our goal just got higher. We are keeping donations open tonight. Please give what you can at the link in my bio above -- $5, $10, $25. Every penny we receive will go to these kids.
This community. Our heartbreak, our love, our outrage, our small gifts – taken together – will change the world.
The world is brutal. And beautiful. Do not be daunted.
G & Together Rising
FOUR-HOUR LOVE FLASH MOB UPDATE!!
You’ve raised $61,634 in Four Hours for The Brave 19!!! 1,716 of you have shown up so far today!!! You’re incredible.
Watching your gifts pile up -- $5, $10 and $25 at a time -- to become the flood of $61,634 that will help change the world for these kids, is a miracle.
We are more than halfway there!!! If you haven’t already joined in the Love Flash Mob, please give a tax-deductible gift of whatever you can at the link in my bio to make sure that these kids know they are not alone. You can give at the link in our bio TogetherRising.org/give – at the top of that form is a link to the full story of today’s work.
Give in the name of a friend or family member and tag them here to thank them for always standing with you. Tag your big-hearted friends and invite them into this special day.
Thank you for proving, over and over again, that There is No Such Thing as Other People’s Children.
Let’s do this together forever.
@glennondoyle & Together Rising
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
But neither are you free to abandon it.”
– The Talmud
The world is full of grief and injustice. Here is how we remain undaunted: We stand up to relentlessly defend every human right, we continuously stand in the gap for each forgotten human – One Precious Person At A Time. Repeat Forever.
That’s what Love Flash Mobs are about – that’s what Today is about.
Right now, there are 19 kids in NYC whose futures depend on us showing up. As usual, 100% of what we receive from you will go out the door for them.
When your baby moves out of your home—to a dorm or apartment—will you pick out new sheets, drive the truck, meet the roommate and whisper to her before you walk out the door: “The best is ahead for you, my love. This will be hard. But we can do hard things. And you are not alone. We are here for you.” Right now, in NYC there are 19 kids who have spent their lives in foster care, most in many different homes–who, because they have “aged out” of the system–are forced to start a new life in a gigantic city, utterly Alone. Without a family, without a community, without the tangible things they need to start a life.
If that sounds like a nearly impossible way to start out, it’s because it is: 1 in 4 youth are homeless within 3 years of aging out of foster care.
Today we STEP INTO THIS GAP. We help mother these kids. To these brave, tenacious 19, we say: “This will be hard. But we can do hard things. You are not alone. We are here for you.” We need to raise $110,500 today so these 19 are not alone and have what they need to start a new life.
PLEASE GO TO THE LINK IN OUR BIO ABOVE AND GIVE. $5, $10, $25 –Whatever you can. This is going to take all of us. Donations are tax-deductible.
At the link at the top of that page, you can read the full story. Please share it, read it with your kids, and teach them what it means to love wider than your own homes and neighborhoods.
Or Text the word TR4DREAMS to the # 41444 to give.
Let’s do this!!!
G & TR
Friends, TOMORROW IS LOVE FLASH MOB DAY!!! You are going to want to be part of helping to change the world for 19 very special kids tomorrow -- please don’t miss it.
Over and over, you have proven that There is No Such Thing as Other People’s Children.
Let’s do it again.
Let's show the world what it means to love wider than our own homes and neighborhoods.
WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. And we will lead this world of ours with love.
To be part of the Love Flash Mob, meet on this page, on the Together Rising blog, or my blog, or on our social media pages.
It’s ON. Meet you here tomorrow morning starting at 10:00 AM ET!
G & Together Rising
SWIPE LEFT: you will not regret it. ALL 29 OF OUR SEPARATED FAMILIES ARE NOW REUNITED.
Whether you are celebrating or mourning today, know this:
Mother is not just a noun. It is not just something you have or don’t have it’s something you DO. To mother is to offer someone, anyone, the kind of love that sacrifices, that gives, that fights.
This year, you mothered these babies right back into their families arms. As of this week: ALL 29 families we helped escort back to the border have their babies back in their arms.
THIS is what will heal the world. People who mother wide and deep and far because they believe that there is no such thing as other people’s children.
Thank you, on behalf of these children. On behalf of their mothers.
I love you.
G and Together Rising
Please meet precious Cam and his “Cam the Ham’s Donation Jam!” .
When he was about to turn four, Cam’s amazing parents wrote us an email saying that instead of material gifts for his birthday, he wanted to help other kids around the country who had less than he did -- and they decided to do this by raising money for Together Rising. .
Cam’s parents said that by giving to Together Rising “we hope to show Cameron the power and impact that community can have when we come together and help one another.” .
So our Together Rising team built Cam his very own fundraising page with photos and a custom note his family wrote, so he could share the link with his loved ones. .
Cam’s goal was to raise $100 for other kids in honor of his fourth birthday. But he raised $435! 🥳🥳🥳 .
Every penny Together Rising received from Cam the Ham’s Donation Jams for his 4th and 5th birthdays has gone out the door to help kids and families in need. Thank you Cam!!! .
We were so inspired by Cam’s vision that we decided to make these pages available to anyone who wants to celebrate their birthday, 5k, community activation, fundraiser or any holiday by donating to Together Rising. .
As usual, every penny we receive from your fundraisers will go out the door to do good. If you’d like to do this, please read our FAQ page, and sign up here or at the link in our bio ⬆️ https://togetherrising.org/peer-peer-fundraising-faqs/
Thank you to Cam, and to all of you who choose to transform your celebration into a reason for someone else to smile and breathe a little easier!
It's been 9 weeks since we crossed the border with 29 families to reclaim their children who were taken from them and to pursue their asylum claims. Most had been separated from their babies for at least 10 months, had been deported without them and had little hope of ever seeing them again. As of last week, all 29 families have their children back in their arms. Each is with an American host family while they await their asylum proceedings.
Thank you for bringing hope where there is none. Thank you for being the people of the impossible.
And thank you the amazing boots on the ground warriors @alotrolado_org for spearheading these brutal, beautiful reunions.
ALL THE FRIDAY FEELS.
Because -- in the middle of war-torn Syria, in a town so devastated its people are cut off from vital services, hospital and medical care -- a brave mama was just able to give birth safely and naturally TO QUADRUPLETS because of a Hospitanier (a fully equipped mobile medical unit) that you bought for the besieged people of Syria last year.
Aideah, the mother, was one of the first patients of the Hospitainer that you purchased with $124,335 of your donations last year. So she was able to be prepped early on by the unit’s medical team for her miraculous natural and safe delivery of her four babies.
The safe arrival of these babies – this family’s joy – seems like it would have been impossible without you. But you are the people of the impossible. You bring hope where there was none. Over and over again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
To date, through Together Rising, you have given $4,851,117.20 in food, shelter, supplies, warmth, healing and protection of refugee families across the world – and have funded this mobile hospital, two ambulances and a pediatric hospital where these services are most desperately needed.
Thank you for being the People of the Impossible.
Thank you for standing with Aideah and mamas and families everywhere who need a miracle.
Let’s do this together forever.
G & Together Rising.
Remember watching 6-year old Ariel reunite with his family at the airport after being separated for 10 excruciating months
He had been torn apart from his family for so long that, right before they landed, Ariel told Sister he couldn't "remember what they were like." She showed him a photo of his mom and dad and sister and he beamed with joy, recognition, and relief.
Here they are together, 6 weeks later, riding bikes with their sponsor family as they await the status of their asylum petitions.
The story of family separation is heart breaking and long. While we know these families still face many hurdles, and so much trauma to recover from, we are grateful that today, a six-year old boy can hop on a bike and just be a six year old kid. And a family can play outside and just be a family. Together.
You can learn more about Ariel's story on our blog and in the ABC News project called Borderline.
Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsor families. Thank you to the warriors partnering in this work: @alotrolado_org, @fams2gether, @m25socal, @borderkindness, @miles4migrants.
Thank you to YOU our donors who transform our collective heartbreak into action.
Because of your generous support, we are still supporting Ariel, Jesus and the other families that came to the border on March 2.
Remember Ms. Amelia and Martha's Place
When Ms. Amelia and her husband started connecting with Baltimore neighbors two decades ago, the people said they desperately needed transitional housing for women who were newly sober. Babies needed their moms to have safe spaces where they could stay clean and healthy. Ms. Amelia, who lost her own sister to addiction, gathered her broken heart, rallied volunteers who were also brokenhearted, and together they purchased and renovated an abandoned building haunted by drug dealers, and opened Martha’s Place in 2000. They have been tirelessly serving the community and recovering warriors, including Diane and Ada, ever since.
In December 2017, through Together Rising, you rallied to raise $175,000 to keep their life-saving, community-healing work going for the next year. We've remained close with the amazing people at Martha's Place and when they needed to replace their dilapidated furnishings so that their surroundings matched the dignity of their mission to stay sober and self-sufficient, you stepped in to make that happen.
Thank you for standing with the those helping and healing at Martha's Place.
Eleven months ago, Jose & his wife made the impossible decision to have Jose & their 9 year old son flee violence in Guatemala & seek asylum in the US. They tried. After they were detained, authorities told Jose he would be deported & his son would be given up for adoption in the US. Jose begged them to let his son be deported with him. Authorities said no. Jose said that the most painful moment of his life was walking back to his wife in Guatemala preparing to tell her he had lost their boy, the love of her life.
On March 2, when we crossed over the border with Jose so that he could reclaim his son, all he wanted wanted to do was to hug his boy.
This weekend, Jose was released after 42 days in detention -- and here he is being reunited with his baby after 326 excruciating days of separation.
Thank you for giving to Together Rising so that we can put 100% of the dollars we receive from you to boots on the ground warriors like @alotrolado_org in order to bring hope where all was lost -- to Jose, his son and so many others like him. Together, we are transforming heartbreak into action.
Thank you to @cbsnews for telling this story so beautifully.
And thank you to all the orgs who refuse to forget these families @alotrolado_org, @fams2gether, @borderkindness & @m25socal