During this period my children observed me taking on a huge project and, surprisingly to me, became invested as well. When I told them about his financial situation they all went to their piggy banks and brought me money, concerned he would be hungry. It touched me deeply, and it was in that moment that I understood that this project was not just for me, but for them as well. They continue to assist; editing sound for videos and interviews, packing and unpacking boxes, hauling in packages, and sending Rue their own artwork. When he visited with us in the late spring they were enthralled, and decorated to make sure he knew he was welcome. This opportunity to coordinate this beautiful project has gifted me with new insights on the hearts and minds of my children, and for that I am thankful.
I have watched this community grow from under 800 followers on our Facebook page to close to 3,000, a growing Instagram community, as well as YouTube and Twitter. While I still manage most of the social media, my role has expanded to marketing, fundraising, and so much more. We went from an unbranded community, to a lively, branded, loving family of APT supporters. I thank you all for your ongoing support of Rue and the APT and look forward to our continued collaborations.