Well, Hello F.E.A.S.T. Friends!
It’s me, Laura. You know me: I’m the mother who you see on stages and internet pages representing this unique international organization of families. I’m often the face of F.E.A.S.T. but I'm reaching out today to show off what may not be so visible.
I’m about to ask for your help, but first you need to know why we are not your average nonprofit charity. What makes us so different?
Most people think we have an office to drop by
Actually, all of our volunteers and staffers operate in the most modern way possible: from our laptops in our kitchens, our laundry rooms, or at a local café. If you call me at work you may hear birds chirping because I’m often sitting out by my goldfish pond.
We don’t have an office full of staff either – and yet we’re here, and we’re everywhere
We are a network of tech-savvy people, mostly parents, who employ modern communication tools to get things done around the globe. We coordinate teams, put on events, organize advocacy, participate in policy and activism, teach, publish, and support individual families out there all over the world, using the personal peer support we all know matters so much. We don’t have an office, but we do have the skills, contacts, and information that couldn’t fit into one office building, even if we tried.
We are here as fellow caregivers to greet and support shocked, confused, frightened families who contact us every day
You may feel this way now, or remember how it felt: the gut-wrenching realization that your son or daughter or family member was seriously ill and needed your help. For too many families there is the surprise and confusion of realizing there was no clear path, no single source, no plan of action that you could immediately adopt. And, because you are reading this, you know better than anyone how much it meant to find a community of others who not only understood but were there with information and hope and support for you and your family.
We don’t charge for what we do – yet we don’t subject you to ads and marketing from treatment providers to pay the bills
Families caring for loved ones with an eating disorder are in crisis, and we’re here to help. We don’t want parents to be influenced by marketing or advertising as they make the important decisions and caregiving actions necessary.
We serve families globally, our supporters are global
F.E.A.S.T welcomes donations in all currencies, from supporters in every country.
So, here’s the invisible element that we need:
We do not charge for our services and our advocacy on your behalf and that means we need to find the funds in a different way than “the usual.” We want to spend your donations on services for and to families, not expensive fundraising platforms or slick advertising campaigns.
We depend on you, the families who appreciate our grassroots, family-centered, highly responsive work on behalf of families like your own, to step up and be that financial support right now to keep this unique organization out here doing this work. Your donations, from a one-time $5 addition to the piggy bank to the kind of contribution that earns interest to support the cause, matters. We’ll never spend those donations on embossing pens, or courting sponsors. Every euro, every yen, every dollar keeps us on the job helping parents and families and changing the treatment world. We are families just like you, and your contributions enable us to do that important work every day.
Please consider making a monthly pledge, a yearly contribution, or a one-time thank you donation. We don’t ask often, but when we do it is a reminder of all the families out there who need you today and every day.
Think of them, and click donate!
Warm regards and gratitude,
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh