Stacie is a lifelong friend of our founder, Candace Richter. Stacie chose to give to Bee Mighty after witnessing Candace and Michael’s determination to make a difference in the lives of our Mighty Bees after struggling themselves to navigate the system for their son, Shaw, who was born at 27 weeks.
Stacie has been giving to Bee Mighty through monthly recurring donations that are automatically debited from her bank account since the inception of Bee Mighty in 2012! She says this makes it easier on her this way and ensures that she doesn’t forget a cause so close to her heart in the shuffle of everyday life. Please email us if monthly giving seems easier to you!
Get to know more about Stacie below!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I grow up in Clover SC and then attended the University of South Carolina. After college, I stayed around the Carolinas working at various companies and traveling in my spare time. In 2009, at the age of 35 I up and moved to China to work for a Chinese manufacturer of heavy construction equipment. I lived in southwestern China in a “small” town of 1.7 million people for five years. In 2014, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Europe and moved to Amsterdam where I am today. I am currently the global director of brand and communications for the same company and split my time between Amsterdam and China with some other travel in between. In my spare time, I love exploring Amsterdam (there are limitless things to discover), spending time with friends whether in Amsterdam, China or the states, traveling, reading, riding my bicycle to grab my groceries but one of my favorite things is having friends visit and introducing them to the city.
What is your connection to Bee Mighty?
I’ve known and been friends with Candace since about 7th or 8th grade, I think. Through high school, collage, as young adults and now as “real” adults! I actually moved to China the day her first child was born (so I won’t be forgetting Nash’s birthday!) We have been through a lot together.
What prompted you to give?
Candace and Michael. Their passion. Their drive and determination to make a difference. Hearing their stories of trying to navigate the system for Shaw and knowing that so many others did not have the resources they did.
Why have you chosen to give recurring donations as opposed to a one time donation?
It’s easier for me. I’ve set up a monthly reoccurring debt at the bank and it’s just done and taken care of. It’s important to me that I continue to give and support bee mighty but I find that sometimes things get “lost” in the shuffle of life and having it done for me monthly without having to think about it once a year is just very convenient for me. And I can give a bit more as it’s not a large once a year debt. I can plan better. Like putting money in a savings account/ira once a month.
How do you see your donations put into action?
Being close to Candace and many of bee mighty’s board members I hear many many stories of how bee mighty helps these kids. I especially like the small things. The walkers, the special chairs that simply make life so much better for these kids. But also, the alternative therapies’, after living in Eastern culture for so long, there is something to be said for forms of therapy that aren’t necessarily mainstream and for bee mighty to give access to Hippotherapy and movement therapy is great.