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You've all heard so much about the journey the boys and I are on in Tae Kwon Do. As a portion of our development as martial artists is giving back to the community, our dojo has an annual Kick-A-Thon. I have started trying to teach Michael and Matthew about giving back to those who are in a situation where they need assistance. The Kick-A-Thon is a way for the kids in our club to support a local charity: Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County

Michael, Matthew and I are students at Vision Martial Arts Center in Plano, TX. On Saturday, August 18th the kids will be performing 1000 kicks, by kids, for kids. We need your help, with your tax deductible pledge, either per kick or flat-rate. Not only will you be helping the abused and neglected children of Collin County, but you will also be helping the kids to accomplish their goal of giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate.

The link above will give you information about the charity we are supporting, and here is also info about our school:

Owner: Diane Reeve, 5th Degree Black Belt (student of K. Yates)
Vision Martial Arts

If you are able to support the boys in their kicks financially, thank you. If not, I ask that you keep them in your thoughts as they go out for their first community service project and learn ways to better our world. BTW - The boys will also be going for their green belt in two weeks, so this is a well-timed project for them.

(Ignore the BeaDistinct Jewelry header. That's what my PayPal account is set up under. I couldn't figure out how to get it to set up a 'personal' account that had the same user information, so I just left it as is.)


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Aug. 12th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
I just left a flat-rate donation, but it insisted on adding shipping charges, so I just lowered the donation until it was the total I wanted with shipping. So hopefully that works!!

Give Michael and Matthew all my best next Saturday. I used to take American Kenpo and I absolutely loved it and love the values that martial arts teach. I think it's a great thing that they're involved at such a young age! I would really love to get back into some form of martial arts someday.
Aug. 12th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
It worked out FINE!!! Thank you so much! The boys are so excited that they finally have a donation to write on their sheet :) Other than mine, of course.

I will take pictures at the event and post them. I've told the boys now that they have a donation, they HAVE to make the 1000 kicks!
Aug. 12th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
No problem - I'm happy to help in any way.

I can't wait to see the pictures!!! :)

Do they each have to make 1,000 kicks or is that the total for all the kids who do it?
Aug. 12th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Each kid has to try to make 1000 kicks that day at the dojang. That's why they have either a flat rate or a per-kick donation. I did both for them - a flat rate, then a dime per kick. My mom did flat rate. They say that they break the kicks down in a way that it is manageable.

I don't have any delusions that they will bring in the most donations, but I want them to have the feeling of going out to our friends and neighbors, explaining what the donation goes for, and then being able to hand over the money there after all of their hard work. I try to explain to them what these kids have to go through in life, and how much their life differs from theirs, so maybe they understand why it is important to give back.
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