STATE OF THE FOUNDATION
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well, is healthy and Covid-free! We wanted to send everyone an update on everything that is happening at the Live Like Lucas Foundation.
Our First Ever Color Walk/Run
We finished the 2020-2021 school year with a BANG with our first ever Color Walk/Run. It was a HUGE success with over 500 people attending, raising over $18,000 for the Foundation! I believe everyone had a good time, enjoyed being drenched by all sorts of “Color” and made some great long-lasting memories. This was our first ever event and we learned a lot along the way. Plans for our 2nd Color Walk is in the works and tentatively scheduled for the Spring of 2022, again at Seven Lakes Junior High. More updates to come!
501c3 Tax-Exempt Status
WE RECEIVED OUR 501c3 EXEMPTION STATUS!!! After waiting for what seems like forever, we finally received our exemption letter in the mail a few weeks ago. Anyone who wants to donate can now donate to an IRS tax-exempt organization!
Making a difference
Our mission has always been to keep Lucas’ legacy of spreading love and sharing kindness alive by supporting the special needs community. With your continued support, we are happy to announce that we have provided numerous rewards and assistance to those who make a difference.
College Scholarships - In May, five high school seniors and current college students received a $1,000 scholarship to use toward their college endeavor. We were lucky enough to hand deliver 3 of the 5, and by just talking to them, you can tell they are fully committed to achieving their dreams of helping special needs kids. We are humbled and honored to have the opportunity to help them achieve their goals!
Summer Camps - We made it possible for one special needs child to spend a week at Beloved and Beyond Summer Camp, run by Glen and Laura Elder. This is an extremely well-run camp, where each special needs individual is paired up with a counselor for the entire week. These counselors never leave the special needs person's side, and it is extremely rewarding for both individuals. We definitely want to help support Beloved and Beyond as much as we can and plan to discuss ways we can partner with them in the future.
Therapy Services - We have formally committed to help one family send their child to NTS (Neurodevelopmental Therapy Services) for therapy services and verbally stated we would help a few others. If you know of anyone who is struggling to pay for needed therapy services, please reach out to us, as we would love to help in whatever way we can.
We are also reviewing other special needs charities and foundations to support them thru monetary donations. Some we have already donated to, or are considering, include Beloved and Beyond, Luis Santiago the “Teddy Cop”, the Arc of Katy and Brookwood. Please let us know if you have of any other charities or foundations we can help.
It is our sincerest desire to do so much more, and we will continue to explore the opportunities around us to offer the Live Like Lucas Foundation’s support to the special needs community. If you have an idea or suggestion, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
We have a few events coming up:
Talent Show/Community Showcase - A personal friend of ours, Elizabeth Mace, who is currently the theatre director at Paetow High School, came to us with an idea to have a talent show benefiting the Live Like Lucas foundation. We plan to have a community talent show at Paetow High School on Saturday, December 4th in the afternoon. Anyone can audition and we plan to sell tickets, concessions and possibly have a silent auction and/or raffle at the event. We are currently looking for sponsors for this event so please let us know if your company would be interested. More to come on the details of this great event!
Color Run -As stated before, we plan to have our second Color Run in the Spring of 2022. Seven Lakes JH has committed to hosting this again; we just need to lock in a date. Hoping for early April.
How you can help?
There are many ways you can help support our foundation:
Donate your time - We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our events, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please just reach out to us via email (email@example.com) and/or by signing up on our website.
Donate financially - There are numerous ways you can help our foundation thru monetary support.
Donate money thru the website - Just click “Donate” on the livelikelucas.net website and it will take you to our PayPal page for donations.
Amazon Smile - We are now set up as a charity with Amazon Smile. By clicking HERE, before you shop on Amazon, and confirming to set Live Like Lucas as your donation organization, a portion of your purchase will go to the foundation. This is an extremely easy way to support us as we all seem to buy more and more on Amazon.
Lastly, but most importantly, just be kind and loving toward everyone. Lucas loved everyone, unconditionally. He never met a stranger and genuinely cared for everyone he met. During these crazy times there is simply too much hate and unfriendliness all around us. Living like Lucas means giving kindness wherever and whenever you can. By simply talking to a stranger, or helping someone in need, you are doing what Lucas did while he was with us on this earth. Lucas constantly wanted to make you smile and I hope you can go out everyday and make others smile around you. Lucas would love it!
God bless all of you. More to come…
David and Afsoon Harrison
LIVE LIKE LUCAS!!!