Once again, a huge thank you to everybody: everyone here who participated, J.P., the Caps, Children's, and Jose. Today was an indescribably emotional day.
So, today was donation day, and the Capitals were kind enough to let me tag along, thanks to J.P for setting that up! Jose presented a $35,000 check to the Children's NICU and many of the nurses who cared for his son were on hand.
The little boy there is a former Children's NICU patient. He was quite thrilled to meet his favorite player and show off his jersey. He told us all he plans on being a goalie when he grows up.
Like I said, it was very emotional. There were a lot of misty eyes, mine included.
But here's the picture everyone is waiting for:
Yes, those are our checks! I was able to give Theo $3,000+ today (and I know more is coming). He was very surprised, very grateful, and incredibly touched. Again, misty eyes, and we were both a bit tongue-tied. I can't emphasize enough how thankful Theo is to all of you for your support, both for Saves for Kids and over the course of the season. And he and I really hope we can do it again next season.
This has been such an incredible experience for me, and seeing the look on Theo's face when I told him that all those checks were for Saves For Kids, and they were all from fans, made my heart leap. Because I couldn't have done it without you guys, I hope your hearts leap a little, too.
The Caps will continue to collect donations all through the summer; they anticipate the publicity from today will result in some more donations. If you need that information, you can find it in our end-of-the-season Saves For Kids post. I'll be dropping donations off at the end of every month during the summer, so you still have an opportunity to join us!
The Caps website, CSN, and Caps Insider should all have stuff up later today; I'll keep an eye out and add the links.
and one final time: thank you thank you thank you! This was a true community effort!