Blogging is fun. REALLY fun! We’ve had some seriously amazing opportunities come our way through blogging.
We get to work with incredible companies reviewing their latest products.
We’ve traveled the around country, spoken at conferences, been given an all-expenses paid trip to NYC, toured the HGTV Smart Home, been featured in magazines and met so many wonderful people along the way.
It’s a pretty great gig!
But, as much as we enjoy all of those thing, what we love the most about blogging is that it allows us the opportunity to shine the light on issues that are near and dear to our hearts.
And even bigger issues. Issues like vulnerable street children. Children with no parents who are living on the streets of Brazil.
Children who were being systematically killed because they were deemed a ‘nuisance’.
Here’s a little bit of their story…
Hope’s vision for Brazil was launched in 1991 when thousands of vulnerable street children were being systematically killed by gunmen largely hired by local business leaders. Their purpose for these killings was to eradicate a “public nuisance”— street children.
In the rescue phase, children are referred to Hope by the Brazilian courts, who have determined that these children are at mortal risk. Hope staff provides immediate emotional support, psychological and medical care, and spiritual healing. In the transformation phase (four to eight years), the child is guided through educational programs, and vocational coursework, within the context of family life. In the re-entry phase, Hope’s young men and women intern with local businesses for a year and live at a transition home for six months. Upon graduation (around the age of 18) each Hope student is guaranteed a job and is given ongoing support through the Graduate Center. Each graduate receives basic household furnishings and a complete set of tools for the trade he or she has learned.
Since Hope was founded in 1991, thousands of children have gone through our residential programs. Hope Unlimited currently cares for children at four primary locations and serves graduates and family members through various outreach programs. Most important, 85% of our graduates are in stable living situations, meaningfully employed and active in a local church.
Recently we were contacted by Balsam Hill with an exciting offer. No, we weren’t asked to talk about their latest wreaths or whether or not we were gearing up for the holiday season and wanted to review a Christmas tree.
In fact, this had absolutely nothing to do with us.
Balsam Hill is celebrating Christmas in July in a very special way!
Not only do you have the opportunity to give but also to receive.
We have a goal…a dream…of raising at least $1,000. And if we do, Balsam Hill will match that amount!
For every $5 you donate you will be entered to win a beautiful set of Mistletoe and Holly Christmas ornaments.
But for every $25 you donate you will AUTOMATICALLY be sent one ornament from the exclusive Mistletoe and Holly ornament collection!
Would you consider helping these children?
CLICK HERE to donate and make a difference in the life of a child in need!
And on behalf of those whose lives you are impacting, we say THANK YOU!