We're turning our Fourth of July festivities into something bigger this year - we're raising money for Half the Sky Foundation, an organization created to help China's orphaned children.
Every year we do what most American families do on the fourth of July -we cookout, watch our children play in the backyard, eat ice cream, then watch the sky light up with magical fireworks. All of us become kids again as we take the time to enjoy one another, slow ourselves down to appreciate the lights in the sky and reflect upon how lucky we are to be a part of this wonderful country.
One of my neighbors, Diva Jen W., is hosting this year's Fourth of July celebration! At her celebration, she has decided to honor Half the Sky Foundation, the organization that helped her and her husband, Peter, connect with their daughter, Leah, a once orphaned child from China. If it were not for this organization and the freedoms affored to us by our own country, Leah would not be here in America today, nor would the lives of her parents be as rich and complete.
When her guests have asked what they could bring to the party, Jen W. has simply asked that they bring a small monetary contribution ($1-$5) to be donated to the Half the Sky organization. With just a handful of guests, we're likely to raise a couple hundred dollars for this organization. Wow!
It's really that simple, yet makes such a difference in the lives of these children and their future families.
We'd like to hear from you. What charities do you support? Would you consider doing something similar at your Fourth of July party to support your charity? What other ideas do you have?
Happy Fourth of July!