dan and i were given tickets to ‘starry night’ christmas concert
for last saturday. the musical performances featured students
studying music at utah state university as well as some
professional musicians from around the state. i loved the
variety and different types of music that were represented.
there were some jazzy numbers, a blues number, a
banjo-fiddle duet, classical-sounding stuff as well as
contemporary. we thought it would be a fun date + get us
in the christmas spirit, but i didn’t know that it would
have such a huge impact on me. i left feeling like i needed
to be better, and that i wanted to be involved in things
greater than myself.
now that I’m writing about those feelings, it reminds
me of the grinch’s experience where his small heart was touched
so much that it grew three sizes! and he yells, “max, help me! I’m feeeeling!!”
i definitely felt something that hit me to the core and, like the
grinch, realized “maybe christmas means a little bit more.”
so why did this concert leave such a lasting impression?
the musical talent was amazing, the atmosphere was festive
and refined, but the best part of this concert was their purpose.
i had never heard of this concert before and knew nothing
of their purpose or tradition.
the past three years the proceeds are donated to a charity that
alpha tau omega chooses.||alpha tau omega fraternity hosts the concert||
“every greek organization has a philanthropic focus or specific charity
that they usually donate to if they have the chance.”
-tiernan thorley || production stage manager + ATO member
they look through a long list of charities until they find the one.
this year ‘racing for orphans with down syndrome’ was that one.
and what an amazing one it is.
||RODS: racing for orphans with down syndrome||
the members of RODS participate in races throughout the world
whether its a 5k, marathon, sprint tri-athalon, or full iron man, they
race for the cause of helping these children find a home.
there are hundreds of children with down syndrome throughout the
world that have been abandoned by their birth families because
of their perceived disability. It is common practice in many cultures
that upon finding out that a newborn child has down syndrome, that child is
immediately placed in an orphanage. this is where the child will stay for
their first 5-6 years of life at which time they will be transferred
to an adult mental institution. it is not uncommon for many of
these children to pass away after being transferred to an
institution because of the extremely difficult circumstances found there.
RODS has learned that there are many
families very eager to adopt these children. they believe that
most if not all of these children would have a home if they could
simply help families overcome the financial burden of international adoption.
on average, an international adoption ranges from $30,000 – $40,000.
this burden is simply too much to handle for many families.
but ROD’s helps children and families unite by alleviating
as much of this burden as possible.
read more about how the charity was founded + donate + learn how to get
involved + see pictures of the beautiful children who are ready
to have a forever family at rodsracing.org
||^^click pictures to get to their website||
like the grinch, that warm feeling inside effected me in ways i
didn’t expect. tears ran down my face as we walked to our car.
my heart broke for those children that were left alone, especially
thinking of my little girl in that situation. I thought, “what if that
was her? what if she hadn’t been born into our family?”
being adopted i know what a wonderful blessing it is to have
opportunities and a family you wouldn’t have had
I came down pretty hard on myself. I was so ashamed
how narrow minded i had become. how could i complain about
a bad hair day, or when i’m having a difficult time writing a post?
there are couples praying, hoping so desperately for the child they long
to have be a part of their family, just as my parents did.
I was completely humbled and fortunately so.
so whether i continue living in logan or move away, i would
travel every christmas season to see this wonderful concert!