Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Call to Those Who Can Give: Fundraiser and Giveaway

For JYC who saw a child's hunger and fed it and for CY who goes in my place.

Growing up I had several opportunities to go on missions trips to different places.  One of my more intense mission experiences was going to Mexico with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) and learning a drama and performing in front of different populations in the area.  But there was one day that I remember the most among all those days, and that was when our team went to a rural area, performed our drama and a puppet show to a community that was incredibly poor.  We were there until the late evening, performing in the pouring rain, and I remember coming back to the bus to eat the tuna fish sandwiches that we had prepared earlier in the day.  I was hungry since it was late, and was getting ready to eat the cold tuna sandwich, when I heard one of the mission team members, JYC yelling to everyone to give up their sandwich so that he could pass them out to the children who had come to watch.  I turned and saw him, with a young boy perched on his shoulders, a bag of tuna sandwiches in his hand, yelling at the mission team to give up our dinner so that we could feed the children.  I felt so guilty at that moment, wanting to eat the sandwich so much yet felt compelled to give it to a hungry child.  JYC's logic was that we could eat something on our way in back to the mission center, but this might be the one meal that the kids would normally miss if we didn't give them our sandwiches.

I also went to Mongolia on another missions trip, right after communism fell and saw the destruction of children caused by alcohol and cigarettes in a country that was too poor to feed its children.  The most striking memory I have of that place was waiting in our comfortable bus as one of our missionaries headed into a market place to pick up food. Outside there were several homeless children, whom we later learned lived in the sewer system as it was warm down there.  I watched a young boy, probably about 8 or 9, light up a cigarette, take a swig of vodka and look at me straight in the eye as he blew out the smoke.  I'm sure my mouth dropped open in disbelief.

Since having children, it has been harder to go on mission trips the way I did in the past.  My parents, now that they have finished raising children, annually go on medical missions to Cambodia, or China or other impoverished nations, but with three children in tow I cannot.  However, there are those who can, and there are those people who go in my place, and this summer, one of my close friends CY, will go to Haiti to provide some relief there.  She is the reason that I actually write this post, for she is hungry to help the people of Haiti.  She wondered if perhaps I might be able to do something through my blog to help those hungry in Haiti and once she asked me, I knew I had to take action.

It seems selfish right now, to write a blog where I try to encourage people to eat good food for their families, when there are families and children in Haiti who are forced to eat mud cookies, which are literally made out of dirt, shortening and salt and baked in the sun.  The price of basic staples in Haiti have gone up exponentially in the past year, making mud cookies a staple that many of the poor have to rely on.  (Read more about mud cookies here.)

I'm hoping my generous and hardworking readers of Week of Menus can take a moment to give to the kids of Haiti.  I am hoping to provide $1000 in funds for the organization,Messengers of Mercy, to feed some hungry children in Haiti. Messengers of Mercy is working on a program to not just feed children, but to provide them with means to feed themselves.  It's not just about giving them fish, but instead teaching them how to fish.  I have almost 700 fans on Facebook, and if each of my fans merely donates $1, I will have $700 to give to Messengers of Mercy.

The lovely folks at Orange Circle Studios have donated a giveaway prize to me - a really wonderful meal planning and monthly calendar.   All people who donate have an opportunity to win this fabulous calendar, which has a regular monthly calendar on top, and then weekly tear off sheets for meal planning underneath.  It is a great way to plan your menus for the week, and it even has a handy tear off shopping list to help you get your grocery list together.
To enter the giveaway, simply donate using the Paypal link below.  The fundraising and contest will end on July 4.  All entries and donations must be completed before then. After you've made your donation, please leave a comment.  Everyone wins by helping to donate, but one will be slightly luckier because he or she will win a prize.  In advance, I want to immediately thank everyone for their generosity and appreciate the time you've taken to read this.  Your small donation and effort will go a long way in feeding a child in Haiti.




24 comments:

Christy said...

just donated...thank you for heading this up! :)

i call forth divine recources to feed the hungry in haiti!

bless you...week of menus!

christy

Eva said...

I did it tonight before i forget. I am so happy that you are doing this and that Christy is going!!

Nicci said...

Count me in! I read that article about the mud cookies and was heartbroken. I am grateful for the change to do something.

ashley said...

looking forward to hearing the good work that is being done for the people of haiti.

Kristi said...
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Yooly said...

Just made a donation this morning.

sjhpak said...

told you folks would donate more than a dollar ;)
I think people are inspired by your generous, giving heart

Jeanne said...

glad to contribute to a worthy cause. your heart for others is an encouragement and reminder to me to help others. thank you!

sillie smile said...

i think it's great that you are doing this!! donated and praying that it helps at least a few...

judy said...

i donated...was happy to do it, wish i could have given more...

Sandy said...

This is a nice idea.

Sunny said...

Amazing! God's work is simply amazing...

jieun said...

the article on mud cookies was so moving. thank you.

Eugene Choi said...

Just donated.

hybyscus said...

if you would be kind as to provide your email that would be great in case I want to send a check?

Susan said...

Thank you WOM!

girlfriday said...

just donated. hope you make the 100! thanks for rallying for a great cause! ciao, deeanna.

catb said...

Thank you for putting this all together, I'm a big fan of your blog and the heart behind it!

andrewjun said...

Go,CY. We are with you in spirit and prayers!

bella said...

thanks joanne for organizing this wonderful cause. check in the mail tomorrow.

Lynn said...

Hey, J!
I'll put the check in the mail tomorrow ... but I think I need your address. Will you please send it to me in a message on FB? Sorry to make more work for you.
L

magentasky said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing, just shows what can be accomplished when we all work together.

pianojoo said...

sending the check today... thanks.

halim said...

i hope you received my check by now?

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