Tis’ the Season, Take 3

by Holly on November 27, 2011

in giving back

In the nearly three years I’ve been writing this blog, my favorite thing I have done is host a yearly holiday fundraiser for a charitable organization. Every year, I look at my Christmas list filled with things I don’t need and am reminded how important it is to give to those in actual need.

Two years ago, I raised money to help build a clean water drinking well in Cambodia – an issue very near to my heart after I traveled there in 2008 and learned 2/3 of Cambodians are without access to clean drinking water. We surpassed our fundraising goal of $1000 and construction on our well was officially complete in late 2010!

Last year, I teamed up with Brandi to raise money for Jovenes en Camino, an orphanage for homeless, abused and abandoned children in Honduras that feeds, houses, educates and cares for the children so that they can return to society with the skills needed to be successful. Amazing organization. Amazing result. We raised $1,850…all of which went straight back to Jovenes.

This year, I have teamed up with my friend and fellow blogger, Emily from A Nutritionist Eats, to raise money for Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin (Wisconsin represent!).

Twice Emily has traveled as a volunteer with this nonprofit organization to Thiotte, Haiti to help provide quality healthcare for the area’s 45,000 residents. In the United States, we are lucky to have roughly one physician for every 400-500 people; in Thiotte, there are only TWO medical residents to take care of the entire population.

For each mission trip, their team of doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses and volunteers pay out-of-pocket for their own expenses while medical supplies – including medications – are donated or paid for through contributions to their organization. These missions would NOT happen without the support of donations.

If you would like to read more about Emily’s travels in Haiti, check out her blog posts here.

This holiday season, Emily and I am hoping to help raise $2000 by the end of the year to donate for medical supplies for upcoming mission trips to Haiti in 2012. And if you are so inclined, we would be honored and endlessly grateful if you would help us out.

If you are feeling merry and bright,
click here to donate to Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin!

Or here.

And perhaps here.

You can click here too.

Donations are completely secure and private and start at $10. In our food-obsessed world, that may mean cutting back on buying a new nut butter or two (= $10) at the grocery store, skipping kombucha for a week (= $20) or forgoing a nice dinner for two one weekend (=$40).

We would appreciate any linkbacks you can give on your blog, emails you can send to family + friends as well as any other ways you can encourage others to donate (Tweet! Facebook! Fax! Yodel!). Again, we are hoping for $2000 so we can provide Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin with critical funds to help them continue doing their selfless, amazing work.

Thank you all so much.

Love to all,

Emily + moi


Sana November 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Thank you for being awesome :)

MacKensie Gibson November 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

You are amazing.

Emily November 28, 2011 at 4:34 am

You’re such an inspiration! The fundraising you’ve done is truly awesome, and such a great time of year to do it as well. Stupid question: can I donate from the UK or will I have to use a UK based charity? (That probably is a really stupid question… don’t laugh at me.) x

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com November 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

I love it! I work with nonprofits and volunteer organizations every day at my job and it makes me smile when people do such selfless things to help. With the economic times we live in, charitable donations from corporations are declining every year (I know they have for my company), so efforts by individuals have an even bigger impact.

You rock, girl! :)

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

Yay!!! I’m so glad you are doing this again Holly, and I’m so glad I get to join in!!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

I knew I liked you!! Will share tomorrow on Tuesday Trainer!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Is it crazy that I was so excited the one guy is wearing a Packers shirt? I’ll donate on Dec 1 when I get paidddddddd. Love this and you! Come visit soon please!

Liz @ Southern Charm November 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

So inspiring! I love volunteering and giving back, but have never done anything like this! Love it and thanks for even more inspiration!

Lara November 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I had no idea you were involved with this. Amazing. I will spread the word and see what I can do $$.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef November 29, 2011 at 1:49 am

I <3 that you do this every year and I will do as much talking/sharing/emailing/blogging to get the word out about this great cause!
Happy Holidays :)

brandi November 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

awesome, Holly. I’m so excited to see another fundraiser!

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