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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Show and Tell

Happy Friday! Hope you are all recovering from any sugar-induced Halloween comas!

I think it’s safe to say we have officially entered the holiday season. Before things get too crazy and the giving season is in full swing, I wanted to share two meaningful ways you could give back and help out some folks in need.

anna with mandy | thisweekfordinner.com

First, a story close to home. This past spring Anna’s wonderful preschool teacher Mandy gave birth to her first baby. She and her young husband were so blessed to be given this miracle baby – at just 23, Mandy was a cancer survivor and they thought they may never have children. Everyone was ecstatic for this beautiful young family with their baby’s safe arrival! Then, just weeks after the baby was born, they discovered that Mandy’s husband Ryan had a rare and aggressive form of cancer. They are both in their 20s and it breaks my heart whenever I think about what they are going through. Their faith and positivity have been truly inspiring as I’ve read their Facebook updates, but they are definitely going through some difficult times right now. I wanted to share a link to a fundraising page for their family, in case you have even $5 to share with them. I rarely write about or share these types of links because, well, I could share them all day every day, there are so many wonderful people out there who need support. But this story, well, it’s been on my mind a lot.

one and heifer international partnership | thisweekfordinner.com

Moving on, I love partnering up with ONE, Bono’s non-profit campaigning and advocacy organization that aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. ONE is not a fundraising organization but instead achieves change through advocacy. I think they’re awesome and love the people I’ve worked with on their team. They just announced a new partnership with Heifer International which is really exciting. To find out more about the partnership and what Heifer does, click here! Plus, you can buy a goat. I know you’ve always wanted to buy a goat and that day has arrived, my friends.

Looking forward to seeing what you all have to share this week! Have a great weekend!


3 Comments »

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    Marie

    Wow! My thoughts and prayers go out to Mandy and her family!!

  2. This just breaks my heart… makes me question why, but I know God always has a plan.
    Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful couple. Hugs to you!!

  3. I hate hearing stuff like this, not because I don’t want to hear it but because of the struggle for this adorable couple. It’s so devastating! Best of luck and health to them and you know I love your involvement in ONE, which is the best ever.

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