Before Christmas one year, my four year old daughter begged me: “Daddy, I need a Ken doll.” Trying to be a wise father, I explained that we need food; we need a place to live and people that love us, but we don’t need Ken dolls. We want them. The next day she came to me: “Daddy, I play wedding a couple of times a day. I would get a great deal of use from a Ken doll.” I, of course, found myself at 9pm on Christmas Eve shopping for a Ken doll.
She was right. There are many things we don’t need, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get a great deal of use out of them. What gives our lives value? What brings us together? What makes the place we live a home?
On Give to the Max Day, we celebrate all of those things.
We hope you’ll join this newly minted tradition of giving. We hope you’ll donate to the food shelf and to the people who study bears and the museum and the education program for at risk youth. And we hope you’ll remember the conversation that started last summer as you walked out of Twelfth Night. We hope you’ll remember Henry going into the breech or hearing a concert on a beautiful summer evening, and we hope it made your life a little better.
And we hope that if it did, you’ll agree with us that maybe, just maybe, we need a Shakespeare Festival … and a Ken doll.
Please consider making a donation to the Great River Shakespeare Festival on Give to the Max Day.
Update: the GiveMN website is down.
Please use GRSF.org/contribute to donate. (In truth, we’ll pay less in fees if you go to our site over GiveMN.) The Donate Now button below will take you there – and thank you.