Donor Spotlight: Meredith Stone


The Gift of Help: Meredith’s Birthday Donation

Maggie Lynn, Community Outreach Coordinator

01 August 2016

Balloons, cake, candles…canned goods? Meredith Stone’s birthday wasn’t an ordinary party – instead of celebrating with gifts, she donated her birthday to Union Mission.

“Birthdays are about celebrating the gift of your life. Whenever I’m asked what things I want for my birthday, I never know how to answer because material items come and go,” Meredith said. “but seeing people around me happy and helping each other is the best gift of all. So this year, I figured I’d ask if any and everyone could help me pay it forward.”

Meredith Stone and Union Mission Director of Development, Laura Lane McKinnon

Photograph by Maggie Lynn

She set a goal of 24 days, one for each year of her life, to see how much she could raise. The folks at 13 Bricks, an independent clothing retailer in the Historic District made their shop the donation spot and also helped with marketing Meredith’s birthday gift. She reached out to several organizations and chose Union Mission as her community partner because she wanted to help make real change happen in the lives of those with nowhere else to turn.

My biggest birthday wish is that people will think about making their most special days special for other people too.”

“I wanted to raise $300 and met that goal in just two days!”, Meredith said “By the end of the 24 days, I collected over 1300 items and $1300. It was so cool to see so many people with different backgrounds come together to help others.”

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