We start the year 2013 with a fantastic story from Zwolle, Netherlands. As many of you know, I have been blessed enough to continue my basketball career here professionally, and with the great basketball blessing, Tanner’s Totes has reached the hearts and minds of the people here in Zwolle.
When I first arrived here, I was taken under the wing of the Huisman family. As we were able to know each other more and more, the conversation of Tanner’s Totes came up in conversation. We talked for a while, but the daughter was left out of the conversation because she has not yet learned fluent English. I suppose when I left, Gert and Judith described my organization to Michelle.
Michelle decided to ask two of her best friends, Melanie Danneleit and Mirthe Evenboer, to help her raise money for Tanner’s Totes. These 11 year old girls decided to sell gingerbread-like cookies at two of the home basketball games. While they sold the homemade treats, videos of Tanner’s Totes were shown to the crowd.
In two games, they raised a total of 902 euros. The conversion at this time to dollars is 1,173. I was speechless to say the least. This news was presented to me before one of our games, but another surprise was in store. At the end of the game, I was told to come to center court where I met Cees Lubbers, a man very involved with our team and the community. He came on the court to announce he would double the money the girls raised. So at the end of the day, 1804 euros (2,347 dollars) were raised.
It was amazing to see such young girls take initiative to help others during the holiday season. A servant heart is what these girls truly have. Thanks to them, Cees for his big, unexpected gift, and of course all of you, Tanner’s Totes has now become international!
Happy New Year