Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake Starr.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Blake. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been involved in philanthropy work. In September of 2015, I read a blog article about We Finish Together and reached out to the founder about starting a chapter (fleet as we call them) in South Florida. I am a runner and triathlete so when I read about a foundation that collected race medals; I knew it would be perfect for our area. We Finish Together collects race/sports medals from athletes across the country. Then inspirational messages/mantras are written on the medal ribbon and tags with another encouraging message are attached to the medal. They are then given to individuals going through a tough time or needing a lifting of their spirits. I quickly delved in and went to work making contacts for places to donate the medals. We donated to local hospitals, homeless shelters. Ronald McDonald House, foster care, Women in Distress….just to name a few. I also started sending medals to organizations outside of our area. A few months later, I became the Executive Director, took on all of the social media responsibilities, and helped find other fleets and got them started.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Yes, it’s has been a pretty smooth road. But it did/does take persistence and good networking skills. Not everyone responds to our offers to bring medals to their organizations right away or even months. So it takes good follow up and not being upset when you don’t get an immediate answer.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our motto is “We share our medals to share our strength”. Life is hard, and no one should ever have to go through something feeling alone. The medals are a means to pass a message onto someone…it’s the symbol, and the message holds the meaning. We don’t do any fundraising nor ask for money to ship medals outside of our areas or for supplies. We are known for spreading kindness, comfort, care, and support. We always want people to know they have our hands to hold. We are most proud of how quickly and how much we have grown from our inception in 2012.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was a giving child, always wanting to help others. I often volunteered for the Special Olympics and would go to nursing homes and polish the women’s nails! I was a dancer and a cheerleader……I didn’t become a runner/athlete until I was almost 40!!!
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