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Fundraising Update: ThredUp

We’re removing the ThredUp fundraising links from the website. As of June 30, 2015 ThredUp is discontinuing that program. If you’ve already send a bag in, they will still process it but you’ll no longer be able to order new bags to make donations.


Donate Via ThredUp

You might have noticed a link on the site that says Donate Via ThredUp. ThredUp is an alternate means of fundraising for us. And as someone who has always bought second-hand, Mom really excited about its inclusion on the site.

So, what is ThredUp?

It’s an online consignment shop that carries women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. Sorry guys!

They accept a vast array of brands from Basic Editions (sold at Kmart & Sears) to higher end brands like IGIGI and Michael Kors. They also accept plus sizes, maternity, athletic, and swimwear. And shoes!

ThredUp does have a list of things and brands they do not accept, and you can review the list here.

How does it work?

First, you need to request a bag from ThreadUp, by using the link on our menu, or by clicking HERE.¬†You should see a big orangish button on the right hand side of our group page that says “Order a bag!”

When ordering your bag you’ll have the option to either have the items ThredUP doesn’t want returned to you (you pay shipping) or they’ll donate it for you.

Once you get your bag, FILL IT UP! Then give it to your USPS carrier or your nearest FedEx Office location.

When your bag makes it back to ThredUp the items you send will be reviewed and we’ll be given up to 80% of the retail value.

It’s that easy!

Please consider helping us raise money for mom’s medical care by donating your gently used clothing and accessories!

And of course, direct cash donations to our GoFundMe campaign are still much appreciated!


Right in the FEELS

The GoFundMe fundraiser for mom went live about 24 hours ago. Mom and I had a lot of mixed feelings about the idea of fundraising. It’s not easy to ask for help. And, perhaps even more so, asking for help for my solidly middle-class parents.

In September of last year my mom reached the point where she was too sick to continue working. She applied for Social Security soon after, but wouldn’t receive her first payment until March of this year. My dad is a commission salesman and only gets paid once a month.

They have some savings set aside but chronic illness in a now single income family adds up. Quickly. Even with insurance.

My mother said this today on Facebook:

“It is quite a blow to lose your income. Disability payment doesn’t even come close at a time when ill people have more expenses than ever.”

What little money they have set aside will be gone quickly, and though I know my father would drain his retirement account and never regret it, he’s going to need something to live off of after she’s gone. My parents should be enjoying what is likely their last few years together, not worrying about how to pay their bills.

When I setup the fundraiser I knew it was something I needed to do to keep my parents from being swallowed by medical debt in the coming years as my mother’s illness progresses. What I didn’t anticipate was how it would feel to see those first few donations come in. I cried.

These people care enough about me, my mom, and my family to give their hard-earned money away, and “thank you” just doesn’t seem adequate.

I don’t know that there are words in existence to explain our gratitude.