Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fostering a Giving Spirit

I still remember how it started. It was began about four years ago. My husband and I had discussed the possibility of sponsoring a child through World Vision as a way to expose our children to the plight of the world's needy children. Not long later I attended a Michael W. Smith and Third Day concert. World Vision was there manning a table covered with photos of needy children all over the world waiting for a sponsor. The two groups made sure to let us know they were there and challenged us to sponsor a child. I stopped by the table during an intermission and searched for a girl close in age to my daughter, who was 4 at the time.

That night I returned home with a World Vision brochure and a photo of Mariam, who lives in Malawi with her family. Malawi, like many African countries, is plagued with food shortages and AIDS/HIV. World Vision has been working there for the past 27 years with 16,000 children currently sponsored. Still, the need there is great, with many children orphaned due to AIDS. We continue to sponsor Mariam to this day and hear about her condition a couple times a year.

Recently, my daughter asked if we could hold a yard sale to help World Vision. Normally I dislike holding yard sales, but how could I refuse? So we put the plan in action. We'll be busy all this week with our final preparations (I've been going through our house gathering saleable items for the last few weeks already) because this Saturday is the day. It will take place from 9am to 4pm.

What will you find there? A variety of things: kids clothes, small household items, lots of books, even some curriculum and homeschool supplies. Mika will spend the day manning a refreshment table, stocked with soda, bottled water, granola bars, and maybe some other snacks. We'll also have a coin drive/donation jar. The World Vision gift catalog will be available if anyone wants to purchase a gift for a family and we'll provide a laptop for on-the-spot child sponsorship.

What will we do with the money? All profits from the sale, refreshment table, and coin drive will be used to purchase goats for needy families. We chose this because the buttons World Vision provided with their giving toolbox said, "Got Goat" on them and we decided to stick with that theme. Any leftover money that is not enough to purchase another goat will be donated to World Vision's Maximum Impact Fund.

If you live in the area and want to stop by, email me for the address.

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