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Prior to a simple and successful raffle fundraising event I participated in myself, I had never realized the astounding and beneficial effects that can emanate from one. This past summer, I was introduced to an issue in my community that I had not been aware of it. The fire department, along with the emergency medical services, lacked the funds to purchase a sufficient amount of defibrillators, or devices used to deliver electric currents to hearts during emergency situations. The store that I work for decided to take actions to combat this situation. In addition to a portion of our sales being donated, raffle tickets would also be sold to our customers. I eagerly volunteered to sit at the table that sold the tickets and greeted customers when they arrived.
Throughout the day, I sold plenty of raffle tickets with little regards to how much money was actually being raised. The bucket filled with raffle tickets quickly was filled with names from the community. Once my shift was over, I went home and didnâ€™t think much about the fundraiser. I was proud that I had been a part of something that would benefit my community, but I didnâ€™t realize the full effect. I was curious about how much money had been earned and excited to discover what had been accomplished. The next day, I returned to work for a normal shift. Shortly after, my boss approached me with the news of the final earnings. Our store had accumulated enough money to purchase two new defibrillators for our local fire department. Because of this, people would be able to receive immediate medical attention more quickly. Often the fire department would be the first to arrive during an emergency, and they would be able to address a potential issue using a defibrillator. My local fire department, as well as citizens in the community, were excited about this new implementation. This new addition could possibly save many lives. Upon learning this information, I was both surprised and proud. By being a part of this fundraiser, I was able to help gain resources to save lives.
Being a part of this experience was powerful for me. I am amazed how something seemingly so simple had the ability to have such a positive impact on both those it benefited and those whom helped to make it happen. I learned that helping my community does not always have to be an extravagant project or something that takes a lot of time or effort; a simple fundraising campaign like this was able to accomplish so much, despite its simplicity. I feel confident that this experience has given me the power and knowledge to be able to help my community more in the future. I also am confident that others whom engage in this type of fundraising campaign will learn the vast benefits of helping their community. Knowing that I was a part of this experience allowed me to gain new sense of citizenship and responsibility; helping others simply because itâ€™s the right thing to do can truly humble and enrich a personâ€™s life.