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NALC shows its strength for MDA
Sept. 3, 2013—The NALC congratulates the Muscular Dystrophy Association, whose 48th annual “Show of Strength” telethon on Sunday, Sept. 1, raised $59.6 million to fight back against muscle disease.
The NALC embraced the MDA as our official charity in 1952, becoming the first official national sponsor of the group founded in 1950.
In 2012, letter carriers helped raise more than $1.4 million to support MDA.
Click here to check out the 2012 MDA Honor Roll (PDF).
Award-winners visit MDA camp
From the September 2013 edition of The Postal Record. Click here for a printable version of this article.
On July 17, 24 representatives from the 11 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Honor Roll category-winning NALC branches joined National President Fredric Rolando, MDA Coordinator Jim Williams, Community Services and Outreach Director Pam Donato and others in attending a day of MDA summer camp at Camp Thunderbird in Apopka, FL.
The day was filled with activities for the campers, such as swimming, basketball, “pimp my ride” (the rides being their wheelchairs), creating floats for the annual camp parade, face-painting and creating mosaic tiles that will be constructed into an NALC art piece to hang in the MDA Research Center in Tucson, AZ. During the visit, the category winners and guests took a tour of the camp grounds and learned what it takes to run a week of MDA camp.
The visitors learned that each child has his or her own counselor, as well as access to onsite full-time medical staff, all of whom donate their time to tend to the special needs of the campers.
All of the facilities have been modified to be wheelchair accessible, and special care is given in choosing camp activities to allow everyone to participate.
“MDA camp is a wonderful opportunity for these children to spend time with kids who are just like them, doing activities adapted to their needs and making new friendships,” President
Rolando said. “NALC members should be proud of the fundraising work they do all year long to help make camps like this—along with the research to one day deliver a cure—a reality.”
“The highlight of the day for me,” Donato said, “was when one camper exclaimed that this had been the best week of his life, even though it was only Wednesday morning.”
The day at camp was followed by an awards dinner where President Rolando recognized each category’s winning branch with a certificate.
NALC National Bowlathon for MDA
America’s letter carriers
have helped lead the search for a cure
for neuromuscular diseases for 60
years. The NALC was the first national
sponsor of the MDA and has collected
more than $20 million in the last
15 years alone to finance research
and provide care and services for
children and adults affected by any
of the more than 40 muscular dystrophy
diseases covered by MDA’s
comprehensive medical services and
research programs. MDA’s programs
are funded almost entirely by voluntary
contributions from individuals
“It’s important that our branches
make these fundraisers their own,”
NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The results are always
better when they do. And every dollar
we bring in is one more dollar we’re
closer to delivering the cure.”
|Bowlathon participants representing NALC Headquarters in Washington.
America's letter carriers have helped lead the search for cure for neuromuscular diseases for half a century. The NALC was the first national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and letter carriers are among MDA's top fund-raisers, collecting more than $20 million in the past 15 years alone to finance research and provide care and services for children and adults with muscular dystrophies.
Branches can now register to take part in the year-long campaign to raise funds for NALC's official charity. Branches that fill out a registration form will receive a packet of materials designed to help branches redouble their efforts.
By clicking here, you will launch a small program (MDA Branch Form.exe) that allows you to type required information directly into the NALC registration form. (If the program doesn't open, right-click the link and save it to your computer or open a PDF of the form here).
NALC's ‘Fill the Satchel’:
In the 1950's when NALC had “porch light brigades,” we collected money from customers after work for MDA. NALC raised more $3 million annually, at a time when letter carrier salaries were only $4,400 per year. If the previous generation of letter carriers collected that kind of money, we should be inspired to do even more for our longtime charity.
Click here for coverage of this year's event, printed in the October 2012 Postal Record.
NALC branches across the country have been raising money for MDA in a variety of ways for many years. And the first-ever national NALC “Fill the Satchel” campaign took place on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.
‘Fill the Satchel’ is held typically on the second Sunday in September.
Be sure to check and abide by the laws in your community regarding fund raising events and plan accordingly to make your “Fill the Satchel” day the most simplistic, productive fund raiser that you have ever organized.
Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. For a branch MDA fundraising report form, click here.
Postal Record articles
National MDA Coordinator Jim Williams writes a column in NALC's monthly magazine, The Postal Record, that covers the ways NALC branches can support MDA.