Happy 2015!. Since we began in August of 2013, we have collected over 400 people from all over the country in our Bucket Brigade. We have 1200+ followers on Facebook helping us spread the word. We have made a difference in the lives of so many people...recipients and their families for sure... but also those people who have helped us fulfill a Bucket List request this year. We hear so often how touched people are by our mission and how much they enjoy helping us with our lists. In reality, all of us who are a part of MBL see so much goodness and kindness through our Bucket Brigade, there is no denying that we are the lucky ones. Without all of you, we could not make all of this happen. We appreciate it and we thank you!
My Bucket List is a non profit organization located in Central Minnesota. Our mission is to use our network of resources and volunteers to fulfill bucket list requests for terminally ill adults in Minnesota. What makes us different is that we do not fund raise in any way. We make use of individual talents and resources to fulfill requests. Some people prefer to donate money and we always accept that with a big smile on our faces. However, what we really use are the people who know someone... who knows someone...who has a connection to someone... who can help us fulfill a request.
Some of the requests that we have fulfilled include sending many people to concerts and plays during the Christmas season. We sent David and his family to a Twins game. We threw Jamie a party so she could say goodbye to friends and family. We sent Steve and his family to a water park and MOA so he could spend some quality time with his two sons. We fulfilled Keith's wish to fly in an airplane with the little boy he co-parents and provided him with a photographer for family pictures. We built a ramp for Katie so she could spend time in the backyard with her 11 siblings...we also sent the whole family to the water park for the weekend. We helped Bob be recognized for his years as a University of Minnesota football captain and introduced him to U of M football coach, Jerry Kill. We sent Ron and his family down to the Twin Cities for the weekend so they could attend a live show of Garrison Keillor's, " A Prairie Home Companion." We made it possible for Gregory to take the first vacation he has ever had in his life. We helped home bound Tina receive a new reconditioned laptop so she can stay in touch with family living far away. We sent Jane to Vegas so she could renew her wedding vows. We organized an entire commitment ceremony in Mark's backyard so he could witness his son and daughter in law to be, promise to commit their lives to each other because he would not live to witness their wedding. We sent Martha on a long weekend in Duluth aboard a private boat and then we sent her to a cabin on Mille Lacs Lake because she found peace being around water. We sent brothers Tom and John on an ice fishing weekend so they could create one last memory together.
We have been lucky enough to have local media take notice of our efforts and they helped us reach people all over the United States. A BIG THANK YOU to anyone who has helped spread the word, "liked" us on Facebook, handed out our cards and donated their time, talents, contacts and or energy to My Bucket List. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!