From Found Magazine founder (and friend of mine), Davy Rothbart:
An all-time favorite, written in a kid's handwriting, FOUND by Matt Summers on Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.:
I like you! But don't get offended cause you ain't gotta like me back. But all I'm asking for is a little curtisy. And my two dollars and twenty cents. Peace out!
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Hey FOUND friends!!
Hope this finds you all well and that you're having a wonderful summer. We've been thrilled by all of the fantastic finds that have been turning up in our mailbox, and we're hard at work on some exciting new projects, including our latest issue, FOUND Magazine #8, which will be out this fall.
Meanwhile, we wanted to let you know about the return of a very special program that we're putting together, and ask for a little bit of help from our friends.
In just two weeks, we're taking twenty kids from inner-city Washington, D.C., and six kids from Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, on a week-long camping and hiking adventure to the Shenandoah Mountains in western Virginia. We call this annual trip Washington II Washington. The idea was inspired through my friendship with a young man in D.C. named Emmanuel Durant, Jr., who was the victim of gun violence eighteen months ago. Last summer, aided by the generosity of so many of you, we took a group of city kids to New Hampshire and hiked to the top of Mt. Washington-- check out a short video from that trip right here. This August, we have another fantastic adventure planned. Most of the kids who are going on the trip have never been camping or hiking, and most have never even had the chance to explore beyond their own neighborhoods. All of the kids are super-excited about this chance to check out the Great Outdoors and climb to the top of one of the country's highest peaks. You can learn a ton more about the trip's origins, other ways to help, and lots more details of the trip from the Washington II Washington website.
We've been fundraising for a while in D.C. and Michigan, I'm chipping in $5,000 from my own pocket again, and many others have been extremely generous in their support of Washington II Washington, but we're still a few grand short for our inaugural trip, so I'm basically hitting up all of you -- our FOUND family -- to see if you can each chip in just a little bit so we can raise the necessary funds. $5 or $10 or $20? Absolutely any little bit helps. Larger donations are obviously welcome, as are smaller donations-- you ain't gotta like us back, we just need that two dollars and twenty cents! Seriously, there's power in numbers, and even small contributions add up and make a difference. Your help spreading word about the trip to your own friends and family would also be a gigantic boost. The kids who are going on the trip are hugely excited, and your contribution -- of any amount -- will go a long way and be extremely meaningful. We also will be sending out some memorable "Thank You" packages!
To toss some change in our bucket, please go to the trip's website, and click where it says 'Donate Now' in the big dark-blue box on the right-hand side of the site. Contributions can also be sent by check, payable to 'Washington to Washington,' and sent to:
Washington II Washington
3455 Charing Cross Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1911
Word -- thank you THANK YOU so much for any help you can give, and feel free to holla at me directly by replying to this email with any questions you may have about any of this! And thanks for the 'curtisy' of reading this message, friends; we'll be back in a few weeks with lots more exciting news from FOUND HQ. Remember, we like you! Keep your eyes to the ground and keep sending in those finds!
Davy & James, with Sarah, Brande, Al, Theo, Maria, Chad, John, Chelsea, Peter, Andrew, Jason, and all the mountaineers at FOUND Magazine HQ!