Ok here is the big TEAM GABBY GIVES update! It's been a challenge to get things up and running. When Gabby passed I had a few conversations that led us to believe it would be pretty easy to get things going. That didn't really turn out to be the case, partially because something fell through and partially because I had backlog of "life stuff" to address after Gabby passed (still do) and my level of focus has not been at all time high after the death of our daughter. The current zombie apocalypse isn't helping.
We recruited good friend Michelle Giarrusso Murphy to help us get things off the ground, and she has been a God-send already. She is a super competent person whose kids have gone to the same camp as Gabby for several years, and we are so excited to have her involved! She found CharitySmith.org, a 501c3 that hosts memorial funds for families, for us. Ultimately we hope to grow into our own 501c3, but that is an extensive process I was too distracted to undertake right now, and with government agencies slowing to a halt right now, the process would probably be completely hung up anyway. CharitySmith will host our site and handle all of the back end functions for us for the time being, including getting tax deductible receipts to all donors. For those of you wondering what was going on with checks you've written to TGG in the past 2+ months they should finally get deposited in the next week.
We live in very uncertain times, especially in NY. We don't even know for sure if summer camps will be able to open this summer. In reality, that may shut down some great camps with rich histories. They need our support more than ever - they have full time employees who exist to serve kids. Our hope is that life will return to normal sooner rather than later and Audra and I will be speaking at Camp Orchard Hill's Jr/Sr High School week July 19-25. Either way, we will continue to support COH, Camp Cherith, and other camps like them. A lot of Gabby's strength or joy was fostered at camp, and we want many other kids to have that experience. So anyway, it's pretty simple and humble but we are excited to unveil to you TeamGabbyGives.org. :) Please share if you like.