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Day 36: The Tree of Life

I got a pretty exciting call today. It was from my adoption worker. There was a child available for adoption who would be a very good match for our family. We are already adoptive parents once and recently we updated our adoption profile to start the process for our second child.

When you choose to go work with Children and Family Development for adoption there is no waiting list. The organization’s mandate is finding the right family for the children in their care. I would love to share many current details but for now this is still only a only a dream that we hope will come to fruition. In the mean time I can only putting out to the world how much we would like to have a second child.

We each have different religious or spiritual beliefs and mine are pretty straight forward. I let the universe know what you want and do something that reflects that passion. I wanted to do a GIVE today that would help a child in need somewhere in the world.  I have already supported Plan Canada and World Vision recently, so the Google search began to trying to find another way to help a child somewhere in the world while honouring this little person who is waiting to be adopted, right here in Canada.

Give 36 / Day 36

Today I bought a tree in honour of the children in the world that need so much, whether a small baby right here in Canada in need of a family or a child suffering from malnutrition on the other side of the world, I wanted to help.

This is a special tree. I purchased it through a donation with the CCF of Canada. This is a religious organization (Christian Canadian Fund). I did not choose to donate to this not-for-profit organization for their religious beliefs but for the organizations fiscal transparency and their unique donation options. I wanted something that would impact a child in many different ways.

The Moringa ” Miracle” Tree was a perfect fit for this GIVE. “The Moringa or “miracle tree” as it’s known in many parts of Africa provides food for animals, water purification, medicine, cleaners and rope fibre that may be sold for additional income. The leaves contain protein and vitamins that aid children’s growth.”

This tree helps animals in desolate areas of the world, purifies water, provides medicine, income and every tree planted helps our planet. It covered my criterion of GIVING.

This tree could also be referred to as The Tree of Life. My favourite definition for “The Tree of Life” is –  “a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet.” This is what my donation represented to me today. An interconnectedness with the children of the world and how we each can help them.

We may not be the family this child finds a forever home with over the next few weeks….. but we can hope that we will be. Either way, there will be a tree growing in this child’s honour and to the children that will enjoy it’s shade and bounties.

Time Commitment: 10 minutes

Cost: $25.00

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