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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Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party - Westgate Church Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party - Westgate Church

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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Give back this Tuesday! #Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are filled with consumption. We overindulge with mass amounts of food and deals. So let’s give back on Giving Tuesday.

Volunteering is always great, but I know it may not be practical for some. So here are some other quick, kid-friendly and fun ways to give back this Tuesday.

Give Blood. Okay, the kids may not enjoy this one, but you may be able to give blood while they are in school. To learn more about where you can give blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org

Download the Charity Miles app and take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride with your kids.

Charity Miles is an iPhone/Android app that empowers you to earn corporate sponsorships for charity by walking, running or biking.

Just choose a charity and press start. As you walk, run or bike, the app tracks your distance and you earn money for your charity. Bikers earn 10¢ per mile; walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile, all up to our initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool.

Go through your cabinets or stop by the grocery store and deliver food to a food bank. Or search for a local food bank via Feeding America.

Go to your local store and pick up medical supplies for Sole Hope.

I’ve mentioned the wonderfulness of Sole Hope before. They are always in need of donated medical supplies for their Foot Washing and Jigger Removal. Imagine the selflessness of washing someone’s jigger infested feet. Reminds me of Jesus!

Kids can help pick out the first aid items (listed below), help package them and bring them to the post office (field trip!).

  • Bar Soap
  • Sharpies
  • Large Safety Pins
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Cotton Balls
  • Medical Razor Blades
  • Medical Tape
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Gauze
  • Band Aids

Mail them to: Sole Hope, PO Box, 1492, Asheville, NC 28802

Learn more about Giving Tuesday and other ways to give back on their website GivingTuesday.org.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Men’s Edition

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Shop with your Heart this holiday season! You are making a worldwide impact on the lives of many when you shop with purpose. AND the goods are gorgeous.

We can’t forget about the men in our lives…

1 – Yellow 108, Felt Feel Fedora in Navy or buy from Roozt

Why? Yellow 108 is a Los Angeles based headwear company specializing in sustainable hats & accessories made from salvaged & recycled materials. They also donates 2% of all sales to local Los Angeles non profits specializing in socially responsible initiatives.

2 – Yellow 108, Round About Bamboo Sunglasses in Cacao or buy from Roozt.

3 – Sole Hope, Hoodie

Why? Purchases from Sole Hope support their mission to offer HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief. Sole Hope empowers widows in Uganda with sewing skills to sew shoes, the patterns of which are cut in the US at Shoe Cutting Parties. The women are paid fair wages from Sole Hope, and the shoes are distributed for free to local children to protect their feet from jigger infestations.

4 – Creative Recreation, Cesario Lo Pencils Of Promise Shoe

Why? Creative Recreation teams up with Pencils of Promise to bring you this limited edition Cesario Lo with all proceeds going to this non-profit organiziation to help bring education to children around the world.

5 – FIGS, Dots Bow Tie

Why? Through FIGS’ initiative Threads for Threads, they partners globally with local weavers and tailors to make uniforms for their school communities. For every tie sold, FIGS gives an entire school uniform to a child in need of an education.

6 – Fly Canvas, Alton Messenger Bag or buy from Roozt.

Why? FLY CANVAS handcrafts carry goods made from new, used and repurposed materials. Every good sold empowers a child with the gift of education. By partnering closely with small grassroots charitable organizations who know what’s best for their local communities, they work together to provide whatever is necessary for each school’s specific needs, whether it be a new building, uniforms, tuition, school lunches & snacks, or supplies.

7 – Out of Print Clothing, Pop Poe T-shirt

Why? For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

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!

Sole Hope 1st annual Heart & Sole Walkathon

The amazing folks at Sole Hope asked all of the Ambassadors to help organize their first Heart and Sole Walkathon on the same day, in our respective hometowns.

I immediately felt overwhelmed. There’s no way. I’ve never planned a walkathon before. I can’t do that. No way. No one will come. Where would I do it. No way. But I knew I had to do it. Or that I should do it. That raising money and awareness for Sole Hope was more important than all of my fears and doubts.

Hiking trail selected. Friends invited. T-shirts bought. Labels printed. Foot-shaped cookies made. Trail mix packaged. Water bottled labeled. Banner ordered.

And God was so good to hold off the thunderstorms and give us a beautiful 75 degree New England foliage-filled day.

He filled the walk with friends and laughs. It even turned into a run as we (unsuccessfully) attempted to keep up with the kids.

He brought strangers to our table, in the middle of their hikes, and let us talk to them about Sole Hope (while nourishing them with water and treats).

After a day filled with the busy-ness of life (soccer and a birthday party before and after) it would’ve been easy to bail on doing the walkathon. But I’m so glad we didn’t. Life is about showing up, and I’m so grateful for the friends who showed up and gave of their time and love.

My hope is that all involved –

those who walked,

those who gave,

those who prayed,

those who will go to Uganda with the funds raised,

and most importantly, the lives in Uganda that will be changed as a result

– will all be blessed.

We walked for those who can’t because of jiggers. We walked for those who will walk again thanks to the medical help and shoes from Sole Hope.

Consider giving to Sole Hope.

Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party (first of many!)

After hearing about Sole Hope and reading about Nat @ Take the Cannoli’s Shoe Cutting Party, I immediately knew I wanted to get involved. I’m honored and humbled to be a Sole Hope Ambassador, spreading the news about the need, the cause, and how we can help. One way to help? Host a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party. Every pair of shoes you cut is sewn into a pair of shoes for a child to protect their feet from jiggers. Every pair provides a job and income to someone in need who was trained to sew the shoes. Every pair changes lives.

To prep for the party, I went on a hunt for fabric. My mom offered up everything in her fabric chest. So generous!

As an aside, I uncovered some gems! Yes, these are vintage late 70s/early 80s patterns. I had some awesome homemade clothes.

The day before the party, I traced the shoe patterns onto cardboard for templates, and traced a few patterns onto denim and fabric to help get us started.

But shoes are not created on their own. I am blessed with some amazing friends who came ready and willing to help. We all have young kids. The thought that there are children who are suffering from jigger infestations because they do not have shoes, touched all of us.

And we traced. And we talked. And we cut. And we laughed. And we safety pinned. And traced. And we ate. And cut some more.

Sometimes you have to switch from cutting fabric to cutting your friend’s hair. See? It’s fun to sit around with friends, chat, laugh, all while cutting shoe patterns and giving back.

7 friends. Nearly 3 hours. 17 pairs of shoes cut! My heart is overflowing with joy. 17 children will have shoes!

May the children whose feet these shoes will cover be blessed.

May they know how much they are loved.

May the hearts and lives of those sewing the shoes be transformed.

Want to help send these shoes to Africa? Donate to Sole Hope here.

Want to host a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party? Order a shoe party packet here and for more info email Ashley at Ashley@solehope.com.

Live in the Boston area and want to have a Shoe Cutting Party? I’d love to help you out! Seriously. I would love to help you host, answer questions, whatever you need. You don’t need to have a huge group to make a difference. Email me at GiveTodayblog@gmail.com