We recently spent an afternoon together painting and redecorating old metal buttons. She had the time of her like glueing on pompoms and plastic hearts and all manner of tackiness. Each creation was more blingin' and sparkly-fabulous than the last and she was so proud of them! :O) At the end she said she wanted to make more every day and open a shop to sell them to help pay for wells in poor countries.
And speaking of which, I've wanted for a while now to share something we've been working on here with a few friends. Healing Hands International is an organization that works diligently to show God's love to His people by providing clean water in countries that desperately need it. They have drilled hundreds of community wells in countries like Ethiopia, Haiti, Zambia, India, Honduras and more. They also provide water filtration systems in places where well drilling is not possible, teach agricultural workshops to empower communities to provide for their nutritional needs, have launched a ministry for third world education and many other good works. Check out there website to see everything they're doing!
It takes about $4,800 to drill a community well. And even to this first world, ridiculously blessed girl, that's a lot of money! But my friend Roxanne (along with a few others) started fundraising to build a well with faith filled hearts and I love them for that. And we're getting close! We recently had a yard sale at our house that raised over $1,000 and that was super exciting! We only have about $1,400 left to go!!
I wanted to see if any of you out there might have the heart to help donate to the cause to get the well built! They don't start drilling until the full amount is raised so we are dying to see it fulfilled. The suggested donation on the fundraising page is $10, but you can donate any amount you'd like. You'll just need to sign in, enter your name and address, donation amount, then payment info on their secure site. (They accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and Diner's Club.)
If you're worried about donating to charities and where the money actually goes (and hey, I am, too!) you will be impressed by their financials page, where you can see the perfectly transparent breakdown of their expenses, which is almost 90% program expenses. They also have been rewarded 4 (out of 4) stars by Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator. You can also see the proof of wells built on Google maps. So, long story short, they're legit. ;o)
If any of you want to help out, I would be so very, very grateful! And if you do donate (no matter the amount) leave a comment here and tell me! After a week I'm going to pick two of you to receive a free signed copy of my book. In fact, I think I'll throw in a few goodies from my craft stash as well. You see, I'm bribing you now. :O) You want my car? My firstborn child?? No, you can't have her. You can have the car though, it's a piece of junk, haha.
Thank you in advance if anyone wants to help! I'm guessing there won't be a ton of entries, so that means your chances will be pretty great for winning! Yay for that!
Have a glorious day! And please do take a moment to be grateful for your life. Your water, your food, your loved ones...your internet. ;o) We are so, so blessed.
:O) Love you!
*Don't forget to leave a comment once you've donated! Chances to enter your name for the book giveaway will end Wednesday, August 6th. Thanks!*