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A Shameless Plea for Your Help

It’s very rare for me to ask my readers for help with anything – I think I’ve asked for votes in a few contests here and there, but I’ve never asked people to do something involving their wallets. And the only reason I’m doing it today is because it’s for my son. If you’re offended by sales pitches, please ignore this post and come back another day.

As you guys know, Jayden started high school earlier this month. He’s participating in the JROTC program at school, which is a big deal because it’s his first extracurricular activity since he was very young. Autistic kids don’t tend to fare too well in mainstream extracurriculars because of the social expectations, but Jayden really likes JROTC so far and I think it will be great for him in the long run.

Anyway, here’s why I’m asking for help:

It’s 11 PM on Saturday and I just found out that Jayden is supposed to sell a bunch of items from a catalog for JROTC, 8 of which have to be sold by Monday. (Thanks to some VERY generous friends, the first mini quota has been met. You guys are awesome!)

The money raised will help pay for uniforms, as well as fund trips and activities for the kids. Also, selling is mandatory – if Jayden doesn’t sell enough stuff, I have to pay out of pocket for his share of the group’s expenses. If I had known this, I don’t know if I would have let him sign up….

The company does have a website and will ship items to your home. If any of you are remotely interested in helping Jayden meet his goal (and you’re only allowed to help if it won’t mess up your budget!), send me an email and I’ll get you the information.

Is it tacky of me to post this? Probably. And again, I apologize if I’ve offended any of you. I just want to help my son succeed in an activity he actually likes. Your help would be greatly appreciated but is (obviously) not required. And I promise not to make a habit of asking you guys to buy stuff – I just got caught off guard with this one!

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. I don't think this is any different that leaving a catalog in a work break room when it's fund raising season. Good luck to Jayden and hopefully he'll get enough sales that you don't have to worry too much about the uniforms and such.

  2. I don't think it's tacky to post; you are just a mother trying to help her kid. I wish schools didn't do fundraisers in this way. I mean someone can only buy so many cookies, plastic stuff, meats and cheeses.

    I would help, but I am in my own sort of fundraising group. I started college and joined the SIFE (business club) and all we do is fundraising and selling things. I'm actually excited, because we will be selling T-shirts (what college kid doesn't like T-shirts) and original stuff brought back from NY for V-day. Sorry you and your son have to do this. I HATED selling stuff every year for uniforms, or whatever. It's good to see you are helping him, because maybe he won't hate selling stuff like I did. 🙂

  3. I don't think it's tacky at all. Good luck!

  4. My son is also in JROTC and absolutely loves it! He hates school, makes half-assed attempts at most other subjects but puts 110% towards JROTC. I love that my son has found something so structured and motivating and will hopefully put him on a good path in life. My family would love to help you! I just started reading your blog a few months ago and a lot of your post crack me up. I'll email you shortly! Good luck!

  5. I'll happily take a look at his catalog. Email sent.

  6. what kinds of things are in the catalog? I'd be interested to take a look, please send it along!

    p.s. i agree with other people–not tacky at all. I remember when my husband (a grown man!!) had to fundraise for his fire academy and sell cookie dough, i was sooo embarrassed to ask anyone to buy anything.

  7. How do we interwebstalkers get to this catalogue?
    Also: not tacky at all!

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