Sole Hope: A gift for you, 100+ pairs of shoes, and me!

I’m beyond excited to share these 3 great things about Sole Hope today. So instead of making you read 3 separate posts, here they are. Keep scrolling!

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Sole Hope is celebrating their 3rd birthday! You know how most people GET birthday gifts? Not the awesome folks at Sole Hope. They are GIVING a 33% discount (code below) in their store, until the end of March. Shop away, my friends!

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Remember how Fancy Little Things devoted a month to hosting Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Parties, raising donations & awareness? Read first-hand from some of the participants over at the Fancy Little Things Blog about how they are making a difference. {Spoiler alert…over 100 pairs of  shoes were cut! Seriously, go read their stories – they are wonderful!}

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Fun! I’m featured on the Sole Hope Blog this week.  See why I love being a Sole Hope Ambassador! Go read why it has been such a blessing to be out of my comfort zone, and why I’m standing in the middle of the woods…

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I have more posts about Sole Hope. Check them out!

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Fancy Little Things + Sole Hope

I am so excited to help announce this collaboration…

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Fancy Little Things is showing love to Sole Hope for the next month, by encouraging Shoe Cutting Parties, donations, prayers, etc. Head over to Fancy Little Things to read the full post (by yours truly!) and see how you can join in.

Don’t forget to join the Fancy Little Things Community and introduce yourself! We want to get to know everyone who is hosting parties!

I have more posts about Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Parties (and other Giving Parties). Check them out!

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Easy Bracelet Tutorial for She’s Worth It

Remember how my friend Andrea (from TheTrainToCrazy) is not only raising money for women & girls rescued from human trafficking, but is also making bracelets and zippered pouches as a gift, as a way to show love and support? (Read more about the cause here.)

You are invited to help! Even if it is one bracelet or pouch or twenty, anything helps. Everything matters. Make because She’s Worth It!

Don’t know where to begin? Here is a super easy bracelet. You just have to wrap, cut and tie! Kids can easily help with this project. It is a great opportunity to start the conversation about giving to others.

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Easy DIY Bracelet Step 1      Easy DIY Bracelet Step 2

Supplies: Thread (pick any combination of colors you like), a charm (I chose a heart so the recipient would be reminded of how much they are loved and valued), and a bracelet (found this at Joann’s in the jewelery supply section). To start, just tie the thread around one corner and start wrapping!

Easy DIY Bracelet Step 3  Easy DIY Bracelet Step 4

When you want to switch to the next color, just snip the first color, tie the two threads together, then snip the ends shorter. Keep wrapping and tuck the cut ends so you are now wrapping the second color over top of them. Do this whenever you want to switch thread colors.

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When you get halfway, snip the thread (I kept mine long since I wanted to continue the yellow), put the charm on and keep wrapping. Tie off the thread when you get to the end. I made about 3-4 knots just to make sure it wouldn’t come undone. Cut the thread and you’re done!

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Where do you send your completed bracelets? Email thetraintocrazy (at) gmail (dot) com for more information. She will send you details, including the address to mail you completed projects. Andrea will collect the bracelets and pouches and will mail them to She’s Worth It. Some will be hand-delivered in Cambodia in May, and the rest will be distributed by other organizations in partnership by She’s Worth It.

Don’t want to make anything? Please consider giving to the She’s Worth It Campaign!

Click the Donate button below to support this great cause.

Online fundraising for Team MAKE raising money for She's Worth It!

(Your online donations are secure and safe. They are also tax-deductible.)

Make because She’s Worth It Campaign

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Remember my friend Andrea, who’s girls were raising money for a safe home and care for orphans? (As an aside, I wrote that post back in June and the girls have already reached their goal! You can learn more about Andrea at her sites:  The Train to Crazy and Go To Patterns.)

She is now raising awareness and money to end human trafficking in partnership with the She’s Worth it Campaign. >>> Read her full post here.

Per LAUGH brand clothing, a huge supporter to end human trafficking,  an estimated two children are trafficked every minute worldwide. This is frightening and horrific. I may not be able to rescue those enslaved, but I can help encourage those that have been set free and let them know how much they are loved. But how?

In addition to raising money for two projects (see below), she and a team of folks are making bracelets and zippered pouches for women and girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. And best of all, they want you to join in!

So we’re asking YOU to join us. Will you make a bracelet or a zippered pouch for a girl in Thailand, India, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Amsterdam or even the United States? We’ll be distributing them through many organizations that work directly with women and girls fresh out of the sex trade in desperate need of love and healing.

The Train to Crazy, Make because She’s Worth It!

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How can you help? Make!

Host a She’s Worth It Party to make bracelets or pouches with your friends, church family, girl scouts, etc. Or work on one while you watch The Bachelor. Don’t know where to begin? Tutorials will be posted on The Train to Crazy next week in case you need project ideas. The whole point is to make something for someone else, so they know they are loved. What a beautiful gift!

Email thetraintocrazy (at) gmail (dot) com for more information. She will send you details, including the address to mail you completed projects. Andrea will collect the bracelets and pouches and will mail them to She’s Worth It. Some will be hand-delivered in Cambodia in May, and the rest will be distributed by other organizations in partnership by She’s Worth It.

Are you a blogger? Write a tutorial for your bracelet or pouch and link up with The Train to Crazy.

Join Andrea, Bev, Jess, Jess, and Vanessa!

Bev from Flamingo Toes
Jess from If Only They Would Nap
Jess from Me Sew Crazy
Vanessa from Designs by Sessa

Give Money

From The Train to Crazy…

Along with the bracelets and zipper pouches, we’re also asking that you donate $10. Just $10. Your $10 will be helping fund two projects we fully believe in. (If you can’t donate, we’d still love for you to make something!)

  1. Father’s House: a safe house for children in Cambodia who are at risk for being trafficked. This home is run by In His Steps International. You can read more about it here.
  2. The Sewing Project: we’ll be raising money for a group of mothers in an Indian village who have been freed from the sex industry and are learning sewing as a trade! The funds will also help hire a social worker to help them with them with rehabilitation. This project is run by Indian Rescue Mission.

Click the Donate button below to support this great cause.

Online fundraising for Team MAKE raising money for She's Worth It!

(Your online donations are secure and safe. They are also tax-deductible.)

Give Love
Pray for the women and girls who are trapped as slaves in the sex trade.

Pray for the women and girls who are rescued from human trafficking, as they heal and rebuild their lives.

Pray for those who are actively working to rescue slaves, such as International Justice Mission.

Pray that those who are enslaving others are convicted by their actions and repent.

Good Little Things doing a great, big thing

You know my love of Sole Hope by now, right?

A fantastic etsy shop, Good Little Things, created this beautiful leather flower ring ($20). For every sale of this ring, Good Little Things is generously giving $10 directly to Sole Hope!

Good Little Things etsy Sole Hope ring

$10 sponsors a pair of shoes for a child in Uganda.

$10 helps prevent painful jigger infestations in their feet.

$10 helps pay a fair wage to a local Ugandan to sew the shoes.

Good Little Things etsy Sole Hope ring

For $20, you will receive this great ring, and help sponsor a pair of shoes for a child in Uganda. Remember all of the shoe patterns that have been cut at the Shoe Cutting Parties? Each one needs to be sponsored. You can help with the purchase of this ring!

To purchase, and help support Sole Hope, visit the Good Little Things Etsy shop.

Psst, I have more posts about Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Parties…have a look! 

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A “Sole-ful” Brunch…a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party

As a Sole Hope Ambassador, I was fortunate to help with a Shoe Cutting Party my friend, Wendy, and a few others were hosting at their church, Westgate Church. A “Sole-ful” Brunch, designed for the women of the congregation, to come together, fill our bellies and hearts, and use our hands for God’s glory. It was a time of rest and a time of service.

After watching the Sole Hope video, Wendy offered words of encouragement to not only listen to what God is telling us He wants us to do, but to also go. And do it! For Asher and Dru Collie, the Sole Hope founders, this meant being profoundly touched by the damage jiggers do to children and the community, and starting Sole Hope to end this plight. This doesn’t mean God wants each of us to start a non-profit, but we need to listen. And go. And do. For His glory.

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I am so grateful for the women of Westgate Church. Thanks to their compassion, time and effort, over 60 shoes were cut! 

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60 children will be protected from jiggers!

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Women will have jobs and will be able to support their families, thanks to the women of Westgate Church!

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Psst, I have more posts about Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Parties…have a look! And see how you can host your own Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party…

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Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party with our church family

I have a church crush.

I tell friends (incessantly) and strangers alike about how much I love our church, Grace Chapel. God is alive in this church – in the people, in the worship, in the serving, in the ministries. Want to experience it? Come with me anytime. I’ll save you a seat.

Since Grace is a large church, they encourage deeper relationships through Life Communities. We were able to join one for a few years when the boys were younger, but had to stop when their bedtime changed. So when I heard from our Life Community that they wanted to have a Sole Hope shoe cutting party, I was giddy! Not only do I get to see our church family, but we get to put our hands and hearts to use and create shoes for kids in Uganda!

       

It was at the end of a very long day, but they showed up. They gave of their time. Their energy. Their financial donations so the women who sew the shoes will be fairly compensated. People stayed late just to make sure we had complete pairs!

We made a goal to complete 10 pairs of shoes in the hour. (Everyone needs a goal, right?) But God is good. We completed 15 pairs! Fifteen children will be protected from jiggers. Women will have jobs and an income to feed and care for their families.

All this in about an hour.

Thank you Sole Hope for delivering these shoe pieces to Uganda. It gives me such great joy to know these shoes will protect children and provide jobs.

Thank you friends for your incredible generosity and hard work.

Want to host a Shoe Cutting Party? Email me (givetodayblog@gmail.com) and I can help get your started!