We’ve decided to run a Very Important Fundraiser (VIF) for a week in February. We will raise money for To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a national nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery. (1)
We’ve wanted to run a fundraiser in our group for awhile now, but we couldn’t find one that meshed with who we are as a team of two moms raising a daughter through open adoption and the rest of our brood of boys (five of them between the two of us) along with husbands and dogs and pets and, yeah, LuLaRoe. We kept looking at different nonprofits, narrowing it down, and just sitting with the thought of it because nothing felt like the perfect match.
Then our daughter’s anxiety took a turn for the worst and she needed inpatient mental health treatment for two weeks. As in she just came home yesterday.
That’s what the two of us have been struggling with during the month of January. I (Jenna) traveled to visit while she was in the hospital. Neither of us have slept very much, and sometimes we’ve let things fall by the wayside. We missed her. We worried about her. We felt helpless—and guilty—and everything in between.
This is where I (Jenna) have to admit that I’ve been hospitalized for mental health issues in the past as well. Once in college and once in late 2014. I live with Generalized Anxiety Disorder coupled with bouts of Major Depression. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 23, but it made a lot of things from my past make sense. My hospitalizations were once a source of shame for me, but I’ve used them to talk about the importance of recognizing and treating mental health.
I didn’t know that one day I would sit on the couch with my daughter and pull from my previous experiences to ask her tough questions, offer words of support, and reassure her that she was more than her diagnosis or one hospital stay. Additionally, Denise lives with anxiety. While she’s never been hospitalized, she recognizes the importance for quality treatment for mental health disorders, especially in our children.
I’ve known of To Write Love On Her Arms for years, and after continuing some research, this felt like the perfect match for obvious reasons.
About Our Fundraiser
Our fundraiser will take place in our LuLaRoe VIP Group starting Thursday, February 9 and tun through Thursday, February 16. Our inventory will be UP consistently except for when we take it down, twice: once on Monday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 15. They’ll go back up on Tuesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day!), and for a grand finale on Thursday, February 16 with BRAND NEW inventory each of those times.
Our hope is not just that we’ll end up raising money for a good cause, but that we’ll open a dialogue about mental health within the community we have formed over the past year. Whether you personally need to talk or are dealing with the mental health of one of your children or another loved one, we want you to know you are not alone and we support you. You matter. Your children matter. Your lives matter.
Together we can make a difference. Join us as we raise money for To Write Love on Her Arms.