Daily Advent Gift: Day 13

And just like that, the busy-ness of the Christmas season (hi, shopping & building gingerbread houses) and a sick child turn this “daily gift” into a “mostly daily gift”.

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IJM seeks to make public justice systems work for victims of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law.

International Justice Mission is the real deal. I’ve had the opportunity to hear the founder, Gary Haugen, speak on a few occasions. The work they are doing is real and so needed: There are currently between 21-30 MILLION slaves. Even if you don’t donate a penny, take a moment to read just one of their many rescue stories: IJM Helps Rescue 35 Girls Enslaved in a Thread Making Factory.

They’re focus is to provide: Victim Relief (immediate relief for the victim), Perpetrator Accountability (through local jurisdiction systems), Survivor Aftercare (help victims rebuild their lives) & Structural Transformation (working with local judicial system to protect future abuse.

International Justice Mission Donation Page

Daily Advent Gift: Day 10

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There is a great organization in the Boston area to help survivors of domestic violence. Each year, a group of moms in my town gather to serve these survivors a Holiday meal. The least I could do was provide a few items for the meal.

The Second Step fosters the ongoing safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence. Our comprehensive residential and community-based programs build on the strengths, needs, and values of the individuals and families we serve. Through partnership with survivors and collaboration with the community, we lay a foundation for a future free from abuse and full of possibility.

The Second Step

Donations can be made online to help families get back on their feet. Giving can be made online or donations of goods (household items, clothing, toiletries, etc) can be dropped off.

Daily Advent Gift: Day 9

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Today the boys and I have started filling a cup. The contents of which we are going to donate to World Food Program. Had I planned ahead, I would have ordered a World Food Program Red Cup for the occasion. But I’m sticking with “it’s the thought that counts”, to make up for my lack of planning.

Since 2004, Coins 4 Kids has helped the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) provide over 72,000 school meals to children in nearly 100 schools throughout the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Coins 4 Kids supporters around the country collect bills and change in a red collection cup, modeled after the red cups that WFP fills with nutritious food for these children each day in school.

Every 25 cents you collect in your Coins 4 Kids cup, will feed one hungry child in school for a day. It’s that simple – one quarter, one cup of nutritious food.

World Food Program Coins 4 Kids

Daily Advent Gift: Day 8

Today, one of my boys’ went to a birthday party where they requested we didn’t bring any gifts for the child. Instead, they requested we bring an unwrapped gift for a child through Toys for Tots. What a great way to teach kids to give. Love that!

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The Toys for Tots Mission is…

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Consider buying a toy for a child and dropping it in a Toys for Tots bin. Find locations here.

Daily Advent Gift: Day 7

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The Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is simple, yet so powerful:

To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

The Wounded Warrior Project…

  • Helps injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • Provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
  • Raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

Want to give time & love? Ways to Give back with the Wounded Warrior Project

Want to give money? Wounded Warrior Secure Donation Page

Daily Advent Gift: Day 6

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Help prevent and treat parasites which rob children of nutrients, stunt physical development, and result in poor school attendance and performance.

Compassion International Donation Page

Four dollars protects one child. Feeling generous? Twenty dollars will protect 5 children, one hundred dollars will protect 25 children.

Daily Advent Gift: Day 5

DailyGiftDay5You know I love Sole Hope. I’ve been a Sole Hope Advocate for a year and half and it brings me such joy to host shoe cutting parties & help spread the word about this organization. Why the love? Sole Hope offers Hope, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief.

They are living in Uganda, removing jiggers infested in the feet of children by hand, washing the feet of the infected and then providing them with free shoes. And these shoes originate with you and me, at these shoe cutting parties. The shoe patterns are then sent to Uganda where Sole Hope employs people to sew the shoes: providing jobs, empowering lives.

The cost of sponsoring one pair of shoes is $10. Please consider donating!

Sole Hope Donation Page