Last week, here in Denver, a nice afternoon rain shower turned into a hail storm. After the hail stopped, my kids and I headed out into the drizzling rain to run some errands. As we were getting into the car, I saw a man walking without an umbrella. I finished buckling in the kids and was about to start the car, but I couldn't ignore the voice inside telling me to offer him an umbrella. I did just that. I asked him if he would like an umbrella. He politely declined as he was close to home.
I got into the car and started driving off and Zayda started a conversation with me. "Mom, I want to ask someone if they need my coat or my umbrella." I was reminded that hoping and wishing our kids grow up to be generous, kind and trustworthy (or any positive attribute) isn't enough. We must model it. Raising babies keeps me accountable to my selfishness at times. It helps me to keep my eyes up and my heart tuned in to the people around - friends, family and strangers alike.
I am thankful for my business and the ways I can use it as a platform to influence, inspire and encourage joy in our own lives and in our communities. The past three months, I set aside a portion of everyone's purchases to make a contribution to Samaritans Purse, Heart Project in honor of a heart warrior, Jonnie. You can read his story here. It's full of heartache and incredible miracles.
This summer, your purchases donated $220 to orphans with severe heart conditions. I believe in being the hands of feet - and I know you do too. Thank you for shopping give with joy this summer and being part of the good!
What's next? The next three months, we will focus on vision care in honor of my daughter. You can read a little of her story here. And then, we will donate to an organization providing hearing aids, cochlear implants and care for children with hearing loss. My niece was diagnosed with CHARGE, so we will donate in honor of her mighty, amazing life!!
Here's a little more about Giving Back with give with joy.