Monday, November 10, 2008

A Way to Give Back...

AS some of you know, I have taken a very active roll in helping to raise funds for AHOPE for awesome orgazination with a fabulous cause!! When Mike and I were in Ethiopia, we were priveledged enough to be able to visit the care center. We played soccer with a beautiful little boy and met all of the children and care takers. Since then, it has held a special place in my heart and I am doing what I can to help! The following is an email I received from Marissa Baker, another passionate AHOPE volunteer!

The AHOPE Store is now selling packages of AHOPE holiday cards to send to family and friends this season. The front of the card features a vibrant, colorful photo of happy children at AHOPE. The photo is courtesy of the talented photographer, Lisa Qualls. They come in packages of 12 and we are requesting a $15 donation per package. This is a great way to raise funds for AHOPE and also inform your loved ones about the organization we so passionately care about. The quantity is limited so please act quickly! You can order the cardsat

While you're there please be sure to check out the new items that have recently been added such as hooded sweatshirts, beautiful jewelry(including the "offical" AHOPE Necklace), and memorial bracelets. These will make great holiday gifts. To those that who supported the AHOPE Store already, thank you very much! It's been a very successful venture thanks to you. We have exceeded our goals and have set them even higher. Through your support, we have not only raised tremendous funds for AHOPE, but have also spread the word about these remarkable children. As always, there is much more to be done.

With gratitude,Marissa Baker

P.S. We recently ordered a new shipment of bracelets. When selecting the names of the children for the bracelets, we chose the name of a 12-year-old boy named Tilahun. Sadly, last week Tilahun passed away from meningitis. We hadn't planned to offer AHOPE memorial bracelets until January but Tilahun he will be our first name. He will be the first child we honor. His memorial bracelet is now available on the store website. The memorial bracelets will include a photo of the child along with a celebration of his life through words. It's one way to keep the memories of these children alive.--
Marissa BakerAHOPE Store
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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