After almost a year of giving I get a number of emails on a regular basis from organizations I have made donations to through my giving journey. One such letter I received this week was from World Vision. I was so touched by this request I wanted to share it with you.
I am not a religious person, I do not attend church nor do I have a specific God that I worship. But I do believe in the power of people coming together and putting their collective energy towards common good. I have made a number of cash donations to support the relief effots in Africa but today I will give in a different way.
I will send my energy (a prayer) to the people of Africa and to all the organizations that are desperately trying to help.
Today we can all take moment to give and send some positive energy (a prayer) out into the universe to the people of Africa that are suffering so desperately in hopes they get the help they need before it’s to late.
Today my give is a prayer to the people in the Horn of Africa.
I’m writing today with a different kind of request. Would you take a few minutes to pray? Here’s why: There are 750,000 people who could starve to death in the next four months in an area of Somalia that aid agencies have not been able to reach.
This situation is horrific and avoidable. Families are walking 100 miles in search of aid, and often only the strongest survive the journey. In many cases, women are burying their children on the side of the road as they flee. This tragedy breaks my heart.
In the middle of the famine, in South-Central Somalia, we aren’t even able to reach these starving children. World Vision had deep, long-term community relationships in Somalia since 1992, but we were forced to leave this part of the country in 2010. Armed groups demanded most aid organizations leave.
It is horrible knowing that we have been prevented from rescuing starving people. Our work elsewhere in East Africa is saving lives,
You can imagine the needs of a family who has walked for days without food and very little water, a mother and a father who have just buried their children. The needs there are great. Yet governments and private donors have provided less than half of what the world needs to adequately respond.
We need safe access to help starving people. We need the resources to adequately care for the half million people now in overcrowded refugee camps. To achieve this, we need a breakthrough.
Please join us in prayer that World Vision and other aid organizations would be able to access the regions in Somalia where three quarters of a million people could starve to death. And pray for the financial resources to complete this job. I know that with your prayer, we can do this. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” — Mark 10:27 (NIV)
In prayer with you,
President, World Vision US
What if the dollars you spend shopping for every day items could make you a philanthropist?
What if there was some way to shop with meaning that could change the world?
Day 331: Give 331
It is estimated that internet sales will hit $191 billion in the US alone for 2011. What if just a percentage of that was donated by you to the charity of your choice?
My give today is to help you give – buy shopping. Oh the fun – shopping! After 331 days of giving I have discovered this whole world of givers that I want to share with everyone. They are both not-for-profit and for profit.
I got a Tweet from my friends at Socialvest today sharing their new video with me. I liked it so much I wanted to share it with you and I am hoping you will sign up to make your shopping dollars count. Social Vest is the perfect way to combine “Purchase with Purpose.”
Each dollar you spend shopping will help you become the philanthropist you have always dreamed of becoming!
“When you join Socialvest, a percentage of everything you buy goes directly to your Socialvest account. From there you can donate your Socialvest dollars to causes that matter to you most. And with over 600+ retailers and 1.5 million charities to give to, making a difference has never been easier.” (quoted directly from the Socivalvest site)
An easy give every day with money you already spend.
Will you make every dollar you spend shopping count?
Time Commitment: 2 minutes to sign up
Cost: 0 your dollars work for you to be a philanthropist
Have you ever reused a gift? Some like to call it regifting. I like to call it reusing. It’s really an environmental movement waiting to happen. Is there really a point in letting things sit and collect dust when you could donate it to charity instead?
Day 330: Give 330
How many charity events have you been to that have a silent auction. Pretty much every event I have produce adds some kind of auction element. Beg, borrowing and pleading for donations is always a challenge.
This past Christmas I was given a lovely present – a gift certificate to get my hair done. It is now September and I still had not used it. The salon isn’t close to my home and I have a regular place I like to go to. This gift certificate was collecting dust in my office drawer until recently when I decided to reuse it for good.
One of my favourite not for profit organizations, Atkin Afrika was having a fundraising event and I was inspired to reuse my gift as a donation. It would be packaged with some other donations to make a great silent auction item.
I didn’t need the item but the charity does – they are saving the lives of young boys from the streets of Lira, Uganda. Who do you think needs it more? It was an easy decision for me. Regift for good! I see a new blog just on this topic! Save the planet and save the people suffering in our world!
Have you got a gift collecting dust you can regift as a give?
Let us know and we will find the charity you can donate it to.
No item is to big or two small but it has to be new and unused.
Reuse a gift for good today!
Time Commitment: 20 minutes to deliver the item
Cost: 0 It was a gift!