Today, I have an awesome, incredible giveaway for you. Anyone out there wanna win a $25 giftcard to Amazon.com?? I'm going to give you several chances to do just that!
But, first, I want to tell you a little bit about my history and then a bit about an organization I believe in called Sole Hope.
Before I was a mantelscapin' blogger, before I was the momma to a sweet lil' punkin', before I was the wife to an awesomely supportive hubs, I was a nurse. In fact, I've been a nurse for almost 9 years. In my mid-20s (which wasn't THAT long ago...sheesh!), I felt led to quit my hospital job, put my stuff in a large storage unit...and, go rock some babies. In Africa. Yei, Sudan, to be exact. Okay, so there's a whole lot more to the story than that, but brevity, folks. I really am aiming for brevity today (believe it or not!).
I spent the most soul-searching, trusting-God-completely, never-a-dull-moment, year of my life in Sudan, living at an orphanage with 120+ children. My job was to be their nurse, but my calling was to, very simply, love them. And, love them, I did. And, still do. And, when I rocked my own sweet baby several years later, it finally sank in that the heart has a limitless capacity for love. Just when you think you can't possibly love anything else...you do.
(oh, this brevity thing isn't working out so well for me...)
As a nurse in Sudan, I was constantly dealing with wounds. And, parasites. Wounds. And, parasites. Wounds and...well, you get the point. In my clinic I saw village patients as well as my orphans and much of what I treated could have been prevented by something very simple: shoes.
Which is why I believe so strongly in the work Sole Hope is doing! Sole Hope is, not only meeting the physical needs by putting shoes on feet, but are also addressing the root of the problem by providing health education AND by teaching the art of shoemaking. How can you not get behind that??
AND THEY NEED OUR HELP!! Yes, we can actually do something to help!Sole Hope is currently in the running for a $50,000 grant to further their IMPORTANT mission. However, the grant is based on a democratic voting system, meaning if they have the most votes in the end, they get the money.
Watch this short video below and you'll see why shoes are so vitally important, but why health education is even more so.
So, what does this have to do with an Amazon.com giftcard?? Well, I believe so strongly in Sole Hope's mission, that I'm hosting AND sponsoring this giveaway in an effort to raise awareness for their grant campaign. You heard me correctly! This giveaway is coming from me and me alone. As a thank you for listening to my spiel and (hopefully!!) doing what you can to help!
I've voted every day by clicking on the picture located on my sidebar, signing in through facebook and clicking the "vote" button. It literally takes me a few clicks a day. It can be that easy for YOU too. And, your vote is needed every day. So, bookmark one of the links I've given you or bookmark this page...and, vote every day! In fact, you can vote once per day from each of your email accounts.
(And, every day you vote gets you more entries into this giveaway. So, vote, then run over here and tell me about it. Every. Single. Day!)
And, if you really want to spread the word, feel free to grab the html code below and place this button on your own site! This button links directly to the voting page.
Okay, on to that $25 Amazon.com giftcard! Good luck!! And, thank you for your part in furthering this mission!