October 15th was set aside as Blog Action Day 2008. It is designated as the global opportunity to change the conversation, raise awareness, and take the largest group action to erradicate poverty worldwide. 12,618 sites have signed up to participate. Those sites alone reach well over 13 million readers. This does not include the trickle down effect of readers passing the word.
I’ve been very reluctant to write just because I don’t have any big ideas or creative solutions or audience engaging surprises. Being a single mom and raising 3 yo twins doesnt leave for any vast amount of money to donate or time to contribute. Nevertheless, I have been trying to find creative solutions for my ACTION.
I was planning a charity event for this fall that was to benefit Compassion International, but due to circumstances beyond my control, it has been postponed indefinitely. I started this quest for one reason only… as my way of giving back. Not being able to move forward has left me really down and out.
So I have been thinking of what is within my control. My money and time sort of, but they actually already have pretty heavy obligations themselves. That leaves my family: me and my kids. Yes, that is the answer for Blog ACTION Day…. My kids!
Meet My Kids!
You already know Jacob and Emma. I’d like to introduce Scovia (6 yo), she is my Compassion Child that I sponsor in Uganda.
You may be wondering what kind of significant ACTION my kids are able to contribute. It’s simple… Every individual has the opportunity to make a difference, especially when they are raised to see it, feel it and believe it. My kids know Scovia. We pray for her at night. We read her letters as a family. We have her home marked on our world map. They are amazingly able to grasp that we are helping her get food to eat and to go to school.
I think I am the typically 30 something woman who was raised in an average home where we turned the channel on poverty. We gave our offering at church and that was that. Nothing more, nothing less. If a Sally Struthers commercial came on the tv, the solution was to turn the channel or take a bathroom break. Just about anything to avoid seeing those kids. It was not pleasant. Thus we escaped it.
I truly believe I can make the most significant difference to fight poverty by educating and exposing my kids. Not when they are teenagers, not when they are in grade school, but now! Now is the time when their genuine thirst for knowledge is exploding exponentially. Now is the time that they are shaping the morals and ethics and belief systems.Now is the time that the definition of love is imprinted on their hearts, minds and souls. And isn’t that what it comes down to loving others. This is a fundamental that is taught at their preschool. This is something that I want to teach them. Not just tolerance, but acceptance, love.
I have decided this year we, as in Jacob, Emma and I, will take a donation to a women’s shelter in person. Hopefully, a mom with kids who is in need of some clothes and toys and love. This is our first step. it is a small one, but I pray it is the first of a long journey that will be far reaching eventually that we will make together as a family.
Here’s my GLOBAL idea: what would happen in 10, 20 or even 30 years if everyone took the same step with us today. What would the world look like then?
What do you do as a family or with your kids to make a difference?
This is a part of Water Cooler Wednesday