Bruce Sent Me.
to the website-in-progress of "Bruce Sent Me," the grassroots charity
drive which has raised tens of thousands of dollars from generous,
caring music fans. As you can see in more juicy detail on "The Story"
page, it started with one post on an Internet message board devoted to
Bruce Springsteen's music. In keeping with the nightly suggestion made
by Mr. Springsteen during his concerts, fans were encouraged to donate
online directly to select charities, and to include the phrase "Bruce
Sent Me" in the "Comments" field of their online donation forms.
"The idea is to demonstrate in a tangible way what a difference the
music we love can make in the world," wrote the poster known as "Jersey
Soul" on the message boards of Backstreets.com, a popular and highly
respected music website. She encouraged fellow Springsteen fans to
donate "in appreciation for the music and to prove that 'WITH THESE
HANDS' we are making a difference." Literally within days, thousands of
dollars were raised by people using those "three little words."
Since its inception, Bruce Sent Me has become well-known in the
worldwide community of Springsteen fans. In addition to generating
considerable sums and providing literally hundreds of thousands of meals
for those in need, the campaign has raised awareness of the need to
help those less fortunate, and has inspired extensive giving and "random
acts of kindness" through the Bruce Sent Me structure and beyond.
The charities listed on our "How to Help" page are just a few examples
of worthwhile recipients of your generosity. But there is no shortage
of other worthy causes, so follow your own heart and conscience. Do
what you can, in whatever way you can. It's all good.
Bruce Sent Me is not interested in collecting your money. We simply
want to inspire you to share and to look out for those less fortunate.
We were moved by Bruce's encouragement to "rise up" and we are simply
here to pass that thought along. Although Bruce Springsteen is not
affiliated in any way with Bruce Sent Me (if you're looking for his
official site, a link is provided below), we'd like to believe he
approves of the way we heeded his advice. If you feel it too, please
share this idea with others in any way you feel comfortable. To borrow a
phrase from the Boss, "Turn it up!"
If you would like to be included on the Bruce Sent Me mailing list, drop
us an e-mail with the words "I'M IN!" in the subject line.
We welcome your thoughts and your stories about how music (not just
Bruce's) has inspired you to "do the right thing." Because that's what
Bruce Sent Me is really all about.
Please understand that this "movement" has grown faster than anyone
could have anticipated. So we're doing our best to help it grow and
flourish, which is why we needed to put up this humble little website to
get all the information in one place. And with your involvement it
will be better still.
Thanks so much for playing "rock & roll will save the world!"