Brittney Woodrum had a lot of plans for 2020. The University of Denver graduate student was going to travel the world and continue her work for the various NGO’s she’d been working for before graduate school. However, when the coronavirus pandemic started, Brittney began to accept that her travel plans would have to be put on hold. But what she couldn’t accept was staying at home and just “waiting this thing out.”
She wanted to do something about it. So, the Kentucky native began to look for an organization she could partner with to make the most out of her newly available schedule. She found what she was looking for in ShelterBox, which is a mostly volunteer-run organization that provides emergency shelter and tools for displaced families around the world. It can be recognized internationally by the turquoise box which physically holds the relief products.
She joined as an ambassador and learned that participating in physically challenging projects with the bluish green box was central to the organization’s mission. So how does a physically active individual in good health do something to gain attention for an organization known for being represented by challenging projects? Well, the 27-year-old Brittney decided that she was going to take it to new heights, over and over again.
She began climbing mountains in Colorado. Not one, or two, but ALL 58 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. Some people climb a mountain to support a cause, but not 58 of them! It took 78 days and nearly 600 miles of hiking to accomplish, but Brittney managed to raise $85,000 in donations and plenty of awareness for the families around the world who have lost their homes and are facing the threat of COVID-19.
Woodrum said because the project came together so quickly, she didn’t think she would raise more than $5,000. “Word seemed to spread very quickly and a lot of people were equally impassioned by ShelterBox’s mission and what I was doing,” she said. “I have an immense amount of gratitude to everyone who came out to support me both virtually & physically.”
Let’s not forget either that she climbed all those peaks while carrying the symbolic 14 pound box. Brittney says that she spent most nights camping, a fair few in her car. The journey was not easy. “There were a lot of variables involved,” she said. “From the weather to my health and well-being. I am so relieved that everything went better than expected.”
Whether it’s hiking, music, lemonade stands, or any other fundraising effort, we can make a big difference if we try. You can find out more about Brittney Woodrum’s efforts in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Let’s not forget though that Brittney was conscious about her care for others on many levels. She camped out and slept in her car to avoid going into cities, towns, or hotels. “I really wanted to avoid going into towns and hotels to minimize my impact on the spread of the coronavirus,” Woodrum — who said she only went grocery shopping twice throughout the entire journey — told CNN. “It was definitely an adventure. I ate a lot of mashed potatoes.”
Story and Image from CNN.