Dear LifeRing Friends,

I know there are thousands out there who, like me, are extremely grateful to have found LifeRing and are grateful for the recovery they’ve been able to achieve with LifeRing’s help. Of course, credit for getting and staying sober should go, first off, to ourselves. However, most of us have tried to do it on our own and I know that in my own case, it just didn’t work.

LifeRing is a non-profit 501(c) (3) entity, and donations to it are tax-deductible. Why does LifeRing need money? Because we want to maintain and grow our presence, and we need funds to do it, and just to keep the website running and the books going out and the meetings supported, etc. We have one part-time employee, plus volunteers such as Craig, all our convenors, etc., but we need more.
I intended to single out one individual and tell their story, but I’ve decided to let all of you tell yours, and to make sure that in the process you express your gratitude by supporting LifeRing in continuing to do the good work that has led so many to get on the right path. Even if you’re still struggling, a donation to LifeRing might be a way of committing yourself to remain sober.

I know I mentioned this last year, but think for a minute about how much money you’re saving by remaining sober. It doesn’t matter if you were a daily drinker, or a weekend binge-drinker, or an addict seeking pills or street drugs; let’s face it, it was damned expensive. If you spent any time drinking in bars or in restaurants, with meals, it gets even pricier. I urge everyone to figure out what they spent on their alcohol and drugs, on a monthly basis, multiply times 12, and consider donating even a small fraction of that to LifeRing. Last year, we were able to increase our donations by about $6,000, as we had been stuck at right around $25,000 for a number of years, so that was good. But was it good enough? No, because we had a goal of getting up to around $50,000, which I’m convinced we could easily do if everyone just donated about one eighth of what they’re saving by remaining sober.

I know that not everyone can dig deep, as their pockets aren’t currently very full, but I also know that a lot of us are doing well enough that we can afford to give more. Last year, I doubled my annual donation, and this year I increased it by 25%, to $1250. I estimate this to be about an eighth of what Bobbi and I spent annually on booze.

If I could, I would put all of your faces on this post, along with your stories. I just ask you to consider all the lives that have been saved and transformed by LifeRing, including your own. You all know who you are, and know your own story. Wouldn’t you like to help make this happen for others?

Give the Gift of Choice in Recovery, please. It’s tax-deductible in the U.S., and possibly elsewhere. Nobody is getting rich off your donation, except you! I promise you’ll feel good about yourself and strengthen your sobriety commitment by giving, so please do so now, by clicking on the link: lifering.org/donate/.

Thanks for listening,
Richard Campbell
Fundraising Chair
LifeRing Secular Recovery

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