Posted on December 21, 2016
We made our stretched goal this afternoon. In just over a week, 159 supporters raised over $50,000--that's an average of $315 per supporter! How amazing is that?! I am seriously in awe of the way that God is providing for the Blom family through all of your generous giving.
People have been contacting me this evening and asking if they can still give, since we made our goal. The answer is YES! To make that clearly indicated on this site, we increased our goal to $80,000. The average cost of tuition at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is over $25,000 per year. Both Josh and Sam are incredibly wise and are striving to graduate with minimal debt. This current goal would almost cover room and board at UAA. To cover the average costs of UAA alone would be over $200,000 for both of them (UAA Cost of Attendance
). This drive has been huge in off-setting some of these costs. Please continue to spread the word.
Also, if you are so inclined, the Blom Memorial website
has further details for giving to two charities that Kaitlyn and Zach were passionate about.
Thank you again. Truly humbled.
Just today, I read an article on the Rabbit Room about grief and advent and how the two are intertwined
. The article was a needed balm to me this week. Maybe you are ready to receive these words today...maybe read them and store them for later. I know last week, I could not have received Wendell Berry's words, "We live the given life, and not the planned
." But today, I thought about all that is given. And I thought about this campaign, and the given life for Josh and Sam Blom is a little better because of the way you have given.
“No fig, no fruit, no olive, no food, no flock, no herd. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord.” Habakkuk 3:17-18.