I usually get 50 or so donors to my annual Multiple Sclerosis fund drives, so I thought I was safe saying it would take 100 of you to make me put on the ears.
You showed me.
Ogden City Councilwoman Amy Wicks, who works at the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, tells me 113 of you donated $1,060 to the center's struggle to end one of the most tragic forms of child abuse.
The money will provide education and prevention. People are struggling with jobs, and frustrated parents with crying babies are the very people the center seeks to help.
This is all because of a useless fad on the Internet social network Facebook.
Someone got the bright idea to have everyone change their Facebook profile picture to a cartoon character to fight child abuse. Millions did so.
How putting a picture of Mickey Mouse on a computer fights child abuse was not explained. People seemed to think "awareness" was the goal, but everyone already knows child abuse is bad.
I challenged my readers here and on Facebook to get real: Donate actual money to a local agency that fights child abuse.
If you did, I said, I'd run a picture of me wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
Amy said a lot of you wanted to see the ears.
"They're from all over the place. We have people from Houston, Philadelphia, Florida, Encino, pretty much spread out all over," she said.
"We got a donation from the mayor of North Ogden. I was at a sewer board meeting and got a donation. You have a council member in North Ogden who wants you to wear Mickey Mouse."
I know who some of those people are. Dan Schroeder at WSU was most generous. That Encino donor is my sister, Karen. Many Facebook friends kicked in, but I have no clue who is in Philadelphia and Houston.
Whoever you are, thank you.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is what happens when a frustrated parent shakes a crying child to quiet it. The kid quiets, all right, because of damage caused when its tiny brain sloshes around inside the skull. Shaken babies often suffer permanent brain damage and require hundreds of thousands of dollars of care.
Do not be quick to judge. New babies are stressful. New parents have a lot going on. Even the best can get frustrated.
Without proper tools, anyone can do the wrong thing. The center gives them proper tools.
The center was founded in 2000 as an offshoot of the then-Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. It helps educate people across the nation, providing services both to prevent people from shaking babies and to help with babies who were shaken.
Every month, it distributes thousands of DVDs about "The Period of Purple Crying" that tell new parents about Shaken Baby Syndrome and how to avoid it. My son and his wife got one when my granddaughter was born last May.
This is a good, locally based organization fighting child abuse, and you helped it.
Guests who did well on the original Mickey Mouse Club show were awarded mouse ears. I don't have any to give out, but everyone who helped with this effort certainly earned theirs as far as I'm concerned.
If you want to help more, go to www.dontshake.org and click on "donate." Or send money to the center at 2955 Harrison Blvd., Suite 102, Ogden, UT 84405.
Tell them that Mickey Mouse columnist sent you.
Wasatch Rambler is the opinion of Charles Trentelman. You can call him at 801-625-4232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. He also blogs at www.standard.net.