March 18, 2013

3rd Annual Vacation Giveaway for Congo/Haiti

Updated 4/8/13  This contest is now closed.  We raised $12,000 for JabuAfrica and Heartline Haiti- thank you so much for your support!

It's time for the 3rd annual Millions of Miles Vacation Giveaway benefiting JabuAfrica and Heartline Haiti!

Both of these organizations are doing life changing work with the women and vulnerable children they serve.  They are strengthening families and empowering communities.  I am proud to partner with them in this endeavor.  They are so deserving of our support!

Two years ago, you all generously gave over $10,000 to help serve women and children in Congo and Haiti.  I just know that we can top that this year!  How do I know that?  Because this year's prize is better than ever!  This year, you have an opportunity to win a week at a luxury, 4 bedroom, pool home through Global Resort Homes in Orlando, Florida just for donating! (Can anyone say hello, Disney World?!)

Our awesome friends at Global Resorts want to make your Orlando vacation a dream come true.  All of their vacation homes have your very own pool IN THE BACKYARD!  And a kitchen... And a living room... and separate bedrooms for the kids!!!  You could do Disney in a hotel room- but wouldn't you rather do it like this:

The winner of this vacation giveaway will win a full week's stay in a 4BR pool home.  The staff at Global will help you choose the home that will meet your needs.  They know that traveling with grandparents or very young children require extra considerations and will help you choose just the perfect house to suit your needs. ** (Our family stayed here last fall and we loved it!  Check out my full review)

We couldn't send you to Orlando without a little something to do when you are there!  The great folks at Kissimmee Guest Services want to give you 4 tickets to SeaWorld so that you can visit Shamu and all his friends.  (If you are ever visiting Disney- KGS is the place to go for discount tickets to everything in Orlando!)

And lastly, we're sending you on an airboat ride through the headwaters of the Everglades from Boggy Creek Airboat Rides.  Your kids will LOVE this!

Who wouldn't want to win this fantastic vacation package?  However, the real reason that we do this is to make a difference in some precious lives!  Let me tell you a bit about the people who will benefit from your donations.

Where Your Donations Go:

Kapanga Feeding Program through JabuAfrica:  The Kapanga Feeding Program is working to provide nutrition to severely malnourished children in the Kapanga region of DRCongo.  Through a vitamin rich peanut paste, they are helping children recover from extreme starvation.  Children in the program receive medical care and mothers in the surrounding village are educated about feeding their children to help prevent children from needing to enter the program.  Nearly 400 children were served through this program in the past year.  They use locally grown peanuts to make the vitamin dense peanut paste and employ local workers so that the program is also providing opportunities for local farmers and bolstering the local economy. 

Heartline Haiti Maternity Center:  Heartline's maternity center is equipping Haitian women to be great mothers and gives them a safe way to give birth. Women can join the prenatal program during their pregnancy and come to the center weekly for monitoring and to receive vitamins, a good meal and an educational class relating to caring for themselves during pregnancy. After the baby is born, often in Heartline's own birthing room, the mother and child move into the Child Development class. This class is designed to teach practical parenting skills to the mothers.  By teaching mothers breastfeeding, nutrition, life skills, and giving them access to medical care, they are helping vulnerable children in Haiti get a great start in life!

 I love both of these organizations because they are working so hard to keep children from becoming orphans and giving mothers opportunities to care for their children instead of taking them to orphanages. Kids belong in families- not orphanages!

HOW TO WIN: If you would like a chance to win the Orlando vacation package, all you have to do is make a donation to benefit these two programs.  Each $10 donation = 1 entry.  example:   $20= 2 entries     $50= 5 entries     $100= 10 entries

Global Resorts, Kissimmee Guest Services and Boggy Creek Airboats have generously donated the prizes so everything we raise will be split evenly between Heartline and Jabu Africa.  You can make your donations by clicking the donate button below and it will take you straight to the donation page.

The deadline for donating and earning your entries for the vacation giveaway is Friday, April 5th.  You have just over 2 weeks to get your tickets!  Please help us spread the word!  If you share about this on Facebook (with a link telling people how to find us!) then come back here and leave a comment on this post, I'll give you an extra entry!  Thanks so much for caring about the beautiful people that this money will help!  Good luck!
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** Fine Print:  trip must be used before Feb. 15, 2014  Blackout dates: March, April, June-August 15, November 28 -30, December 20 - January 3.

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