Megan Griffith makes philanthropy a part of all aspects of her life.
Every year we host a Monster Dash, where we raise money for families in Polk City affected by cancer through a 5K costume fun run. We donate 100 percent of proceeds to two families each year and have been able to hand over several big checks to families that could use the support. We donated a custom-built bike to a little boy so he could experience a normal childhood despite his medical complications. We gave back to several organizations that came in looking to do a T-shirt fundraiser and walked away with way more than they expected. We surprise teachers with school supplies, jump in to help local events when we can, and constantly look for opportunities to help other people. I love being able to take something as small as making T-shirts and turning it into a part of something much bigger, and I love that everyone on the team has the drive to volunteer their time, resources, and attention to doing it.
Tell us more about your philanthropic work.
I would say I tend to drive people close to me crazy with my big ideas. Usually those ideas come from when I see a need and have to do something about it. I started a community garden in my backyard four or five years ago with the idea that the harvests could be donated to refugee organizations, homeless shelters, and food banks after realizing these groups don't typically see a lot of healthy and fresh produce, which in turn causes a lot more medical issues down the road. Our first year, the garden was over 1200 square feet, and it has grown every year. Last year, my husband and I moved to a small acreage with the intent of using the larger amount of space to expand the garden even further. It's been very therapeutic to dig in the dirt after a long day and so rewarding to watch my kids learn how to grow food and then help other people with that food. Friends and family come help as they can and I usually send them away with arms full of food as a thank you.
Our new house also helps us as foster parents because it's got so much more space for future placements. My husband and I are going into our third year as licensed foster parents after a brief break to have our daughter. In typical Megan fashion, I have to go big, so I've helped develop a foster care ministry and lending closet at my church, and developed an annual daddy-daughter dance that brings in at least 500 daddy and daughter couples. The dance not only encourages that relationship, but also raises money for my church's adoption fund.
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