On Saturday November 28, my friends and I decided to have a birthday party at the Pepsi Coliseum's ice rink. We rented out the venue for 2 hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m for an open skate and amateur hockey party. Instead of birthday gifts we decided to raise money for this year's United Way of Central Indiana campaign. There were over 30 people in attendance and together we raised $400 to donate. We decided that instead of worrying about gifts for a birthday, with the struggles our community is feeling this year, we needed to "think outside the box." The money raised was not given by wealthy people. Many only have modest incomes. The point is that in masses we found that together we can do anything...even without wealth. There are so many people that can give $5 but rarely are those people called upon to give. So, this year, we asked all of our friends to become involved as a donor to United Way of Central Indiana.
It was a wonderful event and everyone had a blast falling on the ice, chasing the puck, and laughing with each other. It really kicked off our holiday season of giving, family, and friends. This is how we LIVE UNITED.
--Ashley Klein, United Way, and Angela Thompson, Eli Lilly and Company