Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Heads up, Giving Tuesday is next week!

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Giving Tuesday is November 30th, which is one week from today.

In case you’re not familiar with that concept, it’s a day where people use Facebook to showcase their favorite nonprofits, then ask their friends and family to donate, through a button on their Facebook post, in order to raise money for their good causes.

Long before he was a dad.

Most of you know I’m on the board of CRASH, which is part of the Truck Safety Coalition. CRASH stands for Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways. We work, alongside P.A.T.T. (Parents Against Tired Truckers) to make legislative and rule changes focusing on trucks driving with us on our nation’s roads.

I do this in honor of my dad, who was killed December 23, 2004 by a tired trucker who drove all night to get a load of electronics to retail outlets in time for holiday shopping. He fell asleep an hour from his destination, while still driving. Profits overroad safety that early morning, and my dad paid the ultimate price.

A young man with dreams.

CRASH and P.A.T.T. watch the hours of service rules and push back when industry tries to get those extended. We don’t always win, but we do some of the time, and we know that when we win fewer people die. We are also working on getting stronger rear underride guards, automatic emergency braking on all trucks, increased minimum liability insurance for all commercial trucks, and we’re fighting against teen drivers being allowed to drive across the country.

CRASH and P.A.T.T. also support the families of those killed or injured in a crash with a commercial truck. Nearly 5,000 people die every single year, and over 100,000 are injured. The loss of life has gone up 45% since 2009. Profits over safety makes me so angry.

He was in the Army too.

There’s more, but details aren’t the point of this post. The point is that next Tuesday I’ll be asking friends and family to donate to CRASH. We’re making it easy, over on Facebook, and I hope you’ll consider chipping in. I know you have lots of places you support, and I’d be honored if you decide to add CRASH to your list of nonprofits deserving your attention.

And then he was a dad.

Last year I took a leap of faith and set my goal at $1,000, way over my usual effort of $250. I didn’t really think I could raise that much, but I was surprised and humbled when so many friends donated. A few dollars here, a few dollars there, and, late in the afternoon, I was close to my goal. And then a special friend made the effort to get me over the top.

I almost cried.

Reading the Sunday comics to his girls.

These days I work with families whose crashes are recent; their grief is so raw. It hurts me to the core, but it’s necessary work. And in order for us to keep working with them, to keep giving them support, to continue to include them in our truck safety family, we need financial support. It’s not easy to ask, but I need to.

I hope you will be in a position to help. One week from today. Next Tuesday you’ll find me on Facebook all day.

The father of the bride.

Regardless of what you decide, I appreicate all the support you’ve given me in the years since dad was killed. It will be 17 years next month, though it feels like yesterday.

I miss him every day. All of this is in his honor.

He’s on a different adventure now.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Heads up, Giving Tuesday is next week!

  1. Such a good cause that’s obviously close to your heart. Actually the whole Giving Tuesday is a wonderful idea in and of itself. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I think your dad would be so very proud of you, Dawn. I am.

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  3. I can only make a very small contribution, but next Tuesday I will be looking for your post on Facebook. Good luck!

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  4. What a loving tribute. I agree with lois, he’d be very proud of you.
    The ultimate irony is that we may have self driving rigs on the road within a decade. I never got on board of the idea of driverless cars until my last adventure driving through Atlanta traffic. People are selfishly veering and passing, not in the least concerned about other drivers.

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  5. Donated. They don’t make you wait until Tuesday.

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  6. I have not heard of giving Tuesday. Hope you do well!

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  7. Dawn, I don’t see a link in your blog to a website where we can donate. Is it truck safety dot org? Where should we go? Don’t want to wait until next Tuesday. Bless you.

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    • Hi Ann. I haven’t put my FB giving Tuesday page together yet. I guess I should! 🙂 But you can bypass the FB part of it and just go to trucksafety.org, which has donate buttons all over it! 🙂 You can mention in the comments sectoin of the donation process that you’re giving in honor of Bill Badger and they’ll know it’s me. Thank you so much!

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  8. What a wonderful tribute. Giving Tuesday, it is. Peace.

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  9. I love all the work you do to promote this, Dawn. Your dad is smiling at you, for sure.

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