Last summer we held the first annual Turtle Rider Cup Golf Tournament and I announced that I was giving 10% of proceeds to my favorite charity, Andy’s Attic. You can read about them here, but it’s a pretty simple concept – people drop off clothing or money at my alma mater Worcester South High School where students help organize them into bags of one week’s worth of clothing to give away to needy kids in the city. All recipients are anonymous.
The nonprofit is named after Andy Reese, a 16 year old Shrewsbury High School student who died in a car accident in 2010. He was a compassionate human being, and in his honor his parents wanted to donate clothing he left behind to less fortunate kids his age. Thus the birth of Andy’s Attic at South High School, which has been widely successful and praised for their work.
Unfortunately the trolls who seem to obsessed with “taking down Turtleboy” (whatever that means) have taken out their frustration from failing to do so by attacking and harassing this nonprofit on social media.
A person claiming to be writing a story that will be published in the USA Today wrote an email to their administration, asking to see their financial statements and donors, presumably to verify that Turtleboy did indeed $500. I failed to take a picture with the check and virtue signal about it, not really my style. The email included vague threats about forcing them to hand over their records if they did not comply. The email was written in a manner that it was quite obvious who wrote it (we all know who), but I’m not going to give these deplorable deadbeats the attention they crave by naming them. Just understand that it takes a pretty depraved person to harass a charity for kids because they don’t like someone who donated to it.
I’m writing this blog to combat the negativity by spreading some positivity towards Andy’s Attic, and urging people to donate if they can. They take used clothing except for underwear and socks. They also take checks like they did from me! I went to the new South High School today, which is a palace, spoke with the principal, and took some pictures to let turtle riders know where they can drop donations off around back at the basement entrance. If they ask who you are feel free to tell them that Turtleboy sent you.
I look forward to an even bigger golf tournament this year and a larger donation.