January 09, 2010

Holy Cow! (And a new challenge!)

You all have blown me away! Do you see that meter on the left? Take a look at it. This morning the goal was to raise $750. You blew that out of the water. You all raised enough money to feed an entire orphanage for a whole month! And you did this in less than 2 days. I can't thank you enough. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. I am rejoicing for all of the children who will go to bed with full tummies because of what you have done. I am writing this through tears because I am so overwhelmed with your generosity and the enormity of it all.

But, somehow, I just can't seem to think that we are done. I'm raising the bar. Let's feed the entire orphanage for 2 months! I know that it is a lofty goal, but I know that together we can do it! Now the chip-in meter will have a goal of $1500. We have one month to do it. I KNOW you all will come through! I'm throwin' down the gauntlet. If you have thought about giving and haven't- it's not too late. If you've been thinking about giving and haven't because you can only spare a dollar- know that your dollar will feed a child for 4 days and that is HUGE! I can't tell you how much of an impact every single dollar makes. Please click the "chip-in" button and give what you can.

I have been so humbled at the people who have given money to help. Family have donated. Friends have donated. Complete strangers have donated. Families in the middle of their own adoptions have donated. Some have been big, some have been small. Every single dollar matters. I know that if people traveling to the orphanages before me hadn't done this exact same thing, that my son, my sweet precious baby would be hungry right now. My mother's heart can hardly stand to think about it. But hunger is a reality that 5 million orphans live with every single day.

When you think of 5 million orphans, it is daunting. But, you all, ONE of those children is mine. ONE of those children is my friend Jodi's. ONE of those children is my friend Chantal's. ONE of those children is my friend Jamey's. ONE of those children is my friend Amanda's. ONE of those children is my friend Debbie's. I could go on like this for pages and pages. The point is this: every single one of those children matters. They all deserve love. They all deserve a family. They all deserve to eat. They all deserve a chance.

Please keep helping. Please keep giving. Please keep sharing this challenge with friends in any way that you can. In changing the life of a child, you can change an entire family. And when you change an entire family, you can change an entire village. And when you change and entire village, you can change an entire country. Every single one of us has the power to do something amazing here. Will you do it? Will you help? I hope that you will.

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