August 1st is coming quickly and I’m definitely feeling a little more pressure. I found another place to stay yesterday and now have every night east of Harrisburg officially covered and confirmed. I am still working on pretty much every where from Harrisburg to the West, including Harrisburg itself. I am getting a lot of help with the search process though and hopefully some leads will begin turning into confirmations. I think they will, but does make me a little anxious being less than 2 weeks away from the start of my walk and not have anywhere to stay for about the first half of my trip. I know it will all work out though.
Aside from that I have just been trying to talk to as many people, organizations, businesses as possible in order to raise as much money and as much awareness as possible. Thank you to all of you for helping me spread the word and for donating. And a special thank you to the American Eagle Foundation. Their funding guidelines stated that they don’t give money to individuals and laid out a number of steps that must be taken before they consider providing funds. Since I wasn’t sure if I as an individual could request funding from there, or if I would have to ask someone from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to request the funding on my behalf, I sent them an email explaining my situation along with an explanation of what I’m doing, why, and what I hope to accomplish. Within about 20 minutes I received reply from them saying they “absolutely love” what I’m doing and that they had already made a donation in support of my walk. I was really just blown away by that. I couldn’t stop smiling after having opened the email. After having dealt with a number of other large businesses who have pretty much ignored me for the most part, or who make it impossibly difficult to even get to the point of being able to make a formal request, it was extremely refreshing and encouraging to know that there are big companies out there that really do care about making a difference and supporting people in their community. So American Eagle here’s to you, you’re awesome.