If you’re looking for Oilers news you won’t find that here. There will be very few Connor McDavid updates, and there will be no arguing about what the Oilers should be doing with the captaincy. This is a charity update on a few things that we’ve worked on over the past little while.
As many of you know, we love talkin’ charity just about as much as we like talkin’ Oilers. Over the eight years of our existence, OilersNation.com hasn’t had much to cheer for (SAVE US MCDAVID!) so we’ve used this time and platform to promote great causes in our city. Here are a couple updates on a couple charity items that we are involved in.
THE #EPSstrong T-SHIRT DRIVE
On June 8th our city was rocked by the news of Constable Daniel Woodall’s death. We didn’t know how we could help, but we knew that we had to do something. In partnership with our friends at Print Machine we pushed out the #EPSstrong T-shirt with all proceeds going to the Woodall family. When we launched the t-shirt we had a goal of reaching $50,000 in funds raised. We thought the goal was lofty, but we had faith the people of Edmonton could help us reach it. The response we got was mind blowing.
Within 48 hours of launching the shirts we had absolutely crushed the $50,000 goal. We didn’t know where the final total would end, but we wanted to keep raising money until our July 10th deadline. Thanks to your support, and sharing of the article/tweets, we raised over $100,000 for the family. At $20 per shirt, that’s a lot of units sold. Thursday morning everyone at Nation HQ will be heading down to Print Machine to help pack and ship the shirts that you fine folks ordered.
We can’t thank you guys enough for helping us push this out as much as you have. Thank you, Nation. Thank you a million times over.
A KELTY UPDATE
Last summer we put together a charity auction to help a very special little girl named Kelty with an expensive muscle lengthening surgery. We decided that the only thing for the Nation to do was step in and try to raise as much money as we can for this brave little girl. We thought the best way for us to do that was with an auction potluck from citizens around the Nation.
Not surprisingly, you guys stepped up with some great auction items and we were able to contribute over $6000 to this amazing little girl’s medical needs. I thought it would be nice to give you guys another update on how she’s doing. From her mom, Katie:
I’m hoping through Meg you’ve seen a few of my Kelty updates on Instagram … but the short version is that she’s doing really well!! The most recent “upgrade” is her graduation to walking canes (see attached pic). Although she’s still a little unsteady, she’s very able (and eager) to try going solo on them. I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll be able to use those as her main mode of transportation when she starts Kindergarten this September. As kids do, she’s growing up quick and I’ve never been more optimistic about her chances at independent, unassisted mobility sooner than later. Please know that you and your followers helped make that happen!!
Much love and thanks!Katie and Kelty