Such donations mean a great deal to Sunrise, especially to the children it strives to help, according to Suttles, who explained they are required to cover with 40 percent of their operating costs.
“This is for the betterment of these children who have faced atrocities we would never know,” he said.
Part of the major reason they gave to Sunrise, Milburn explained, was a personal.
Being originally from Danville, he said he had friends who lived at the home and attended the Danville schools with him when he was younger. That impressed upon him the need to return and help the children living there.
Suttles extended future invitations to Milburn, adding that maybe they could get a baseball game together with the kids. He stressed how much this donation, that of baseball and other cards, would mean to the children, who will receive them at a later date.
“You saw how excited they were,” he said to Milburn. “It brings a bit of normalcy to their lives.”
Suttles explained that there was also a greater lesson to be learned in all of this. They had paused classes, allowing the older youth to come outside, to help unload the multitude of boxes from the back of Milburn’s van.
“To have kids see generosity like that ... it benefits them to see that there are people out there that do good things,” Suttles said. “Someone’s given us a boatload of cards and they don’t have to. That shows them that people are philathropic and generous ... That’s a good lesson.”
Milburn agreed, and explained that the lesson is one he and his wife have strived to teach their son, Evan, about the project. While Evan has no interest in owning cards himself, Milburn said he likes to help sort from time to time.
Currently, Milburn is working on a book, explaining all about Commons 4 Kids, which he plans to sell on his website, www.commons4kids.org, as an effort to raise more money to purchase cards to donate.
While he still maintains and continues growing his own card collection, Milburn stresses that every card donated to Commons 4 Kids goes back out to the charities.
The next goal for Commons 4 Kids is to get cards from all 50 states and to donate cards in all 50 states.
SO YOU KNOW
Discover the many of the places Commons 4 Kids visits and the donations it receives at www.commons4kids.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/commons4kids.
For more information on Sunrise Children’s Services, visit www.sunrise.org or contact the Danville campus, one of many around the country, at (859) 936-3541.