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Sands of Kenya

I’ve been told, once you get the sands of Africa on your sandals, you never can shake them off completely.

This month, starting today, a six-ship of bloggers plus staff from Compassion International (including award-winning music artist and blogger Shaun Groves) travel to Nairobi, Kenya to work with children in the Masaai tribe living in the largest slum in the world.

Read their riveting posts.  Pray for them.  Follow their tweets.  Virtually join them in their journey to work with Compassion’s mission to lift up these children from poverty.

Pay it forward, plus

Here’s a few opportunities to give and get a little more than that warm, fuzzy feeling inside knowing you helped spread the good on this planet.

If those ideas don’t nab ya, then how about taking a meal to a friend or neighbor in need, send a thank you card to someone who deserves it, and tell your child, “I love you.”

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Help Haiti

On February 27th, it will be one month following the 7.1 earthquake that struck Haiti.

That earthquake was a cataclysmic modern catastrophe with a death toll over 200,000 and counting.

To raise support for Haiti, an all-star cast of musicians is gathering for “Help Haiti Live,” a two-city ticketed concert event taking place on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. The concerts are sponsored by Gaylord Entertainment Company who will provide concert tickets and live streaming at HelpHaitiLive.com.

With extraordinary need still existing in the devastated country, several of the music industry’s finest music artists and bands will participate in two concert events, live from Los Angeles at the historic Wiltern Theater and at Nashville’s famed and Gaylord-owned Ryman Auditorium.   Produced to inspire live concert and on-line audiences to financially support the relief work of Compassion International in Haiti, all talent and production fees have been donated, along with streaming services (Livestream.com), allowing proceeds to go toward Compassion’s disaster relief fund.

Tickets for each event will range in price from $25-75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations beginning Monday, February 15th, as well as through The Ryman box office: 800-745-3000 or ryman.com, and through Live Nation for The Wiltern.  The Nashville/Ryman concert will begin at 7:30pm CST and include performances by Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas),
 Jars of Clay, 
Mat Kearney, 
Dave Barnes, 
Matt Wertz, 
and Brandon Heath.

At the Los Angeles/Wiltern Theater, the concert will be gin at 7:30pm PST and include performances by a special guest headliner (I’m excited to learn who this is!), 
Amy Grant, 
Leann Rimes, Rebecca St. James, and 
NEEDTOBREATHE.

All net proceeds from Help Haiti Live will go to Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. All money raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to re-equip Compassion’s local support structure and to provide for the immediate needs of Compassion-assisted children and families.

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About Compassion International:

Compassion has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians for more than forty years and will continue to serve them in this time of extreme need. Already Compassion International has supplied more than 15,000 families with clean water, food, blankets, temporary shelter, medical supplies and counseling.  Donations will lay bricks, feed, educate, clothe, heal and rebuild Haiti for many months to come in Jesus’ name.

Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works holistically through local churches to address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children, enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating “four stars” for eight consecutive years.

Personally, we’ve supported Compassion International’s work with impoverished children for the past 8 years by sponsoring a young girl in El Salvador named Rosa.  Through sponsorship, a mere $38 a month, Rosa has warm meals, attends a private school with special teaching for her learning disability, and she’s learning to love Jesus who provides for all of her needs.

We’ve enjoyed exchanging letters, photos, and drawings over the years with Rosa.  I’m always encouraged to learn about how the Compassion workers are making a huge difference in Rosa’s life…this is a charitable organization that is near and dear to my heart.  One day, my family desires to visit Rosa or other Compassion children by providing open arms for hugs, and to roll up our sleeves and lay bricks for homes–however we’re needed.  One day!

There are several ways to get involved with Compassion International: you could sponsor a child, make a charitable donation to help moms/babies/toddlers in Haiti through the Child Survival program, or participate by supporting the Help Haiti Live Concert on Feb 27th.

To learn more, follow Compassion International’s blog with posts tagged Haiti.

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Buy Pediped Footwear–Grant a Wish

pedipedBeginning May 27 and running through June 10, Pediped Footwear will host a Purchases with Purpose fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  During this period, select styles of both Originals and Flex shoes will be marked down.  Fifty percent of sales from this fundraiser will be donated to the charity to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Pediped very rarely marks down the price of their shoes.  In fact, this is the  third time in the company’s five-year history that such an event will occur.  The first two events also benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“In these times, it’s more important than ever to give back to the community and bring joy to children who need it.  We hope people will go online to shop, and together we can all make a difference!” said Pediped President Angela Edgeworth.

Pediped will host several different fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  In 2008, the company raised more than $111,000 to help grant 15 wishes and has aspirations of surpassing that figure in 2009.  Information on current and upcoming fundraisers can be found on www.pediped.com.

New_Banner_Baby_Shoes_Big_LogoPediped footwear was launched in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth in their quest for the perfect soft-soled shoe for their first daughter. Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award winning company one of the fastest-growing children’s footwear brands in the United States.  Pediped footwear is sold in over 2500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their two lines, Originals and Flex. Originals (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2+) and Flex (rubber-soled shoes for children 1-6 years) are available in EU sizes from 20 to 29.

makeawishThe Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 177,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.