You’ve heard it before I’m sure. This new generation has it so easy. Back in the day you actually had to go to a library to write a research report. Back in the day you actually had to stalk someone using binoculars and stealth, there was no Facebook. You didn’t get surprised with a new Snapchat filter, you got polio.

Sure, teens can sometimes outwardly appear spoiled in today’s world of convenience, but the latest sobering statistics released from the CDC speak to a new kind of hardship that adolescents are experiencing. Whereas suicide rates showed a promising trend of decline in the 80s and 90s, the new millennium has ushered in an alarming climb in suicide rates in the U.S. The segment of population most impacted has been teenaged girls, whose suicide rates have peaked at a 40-year high. Scary stuff. What’s worse is that there is just no easy, clear-cut solution to this very dangerous, and very present problem.

Life can be hard. It can be an uphill battle. We sincerely thank those of you that have joined us in becoming just one more small force for good in this sometimes alienating and heartless world.

Because come what may, kindness, love, and generosity will always count.