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.
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!
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