There are usually 2 things that I do when I’m wide awake in the middle of the night: plan parties and write blog posts in my head. Since I had a 3-year-old sleeping on top of me at 4am, I was wide awake, and since I already planned our Super Bowl party at 3am last week, it was time to write a blog post. And much like I wrote this in my head with a 3-year-old using my head as a pillow, I am typing it out with a 2-year-old in my lap begging me to look up photos of kitties. This is my life as a mama, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
So what was forming in my mind in the wee hours? A post about Sevenly. In case you’ve never heard of them, Sevenly is a company that donates $7.00 of every purchase to a different charity every week. Their motto is that People Matter. (I love it.) They’re mission is to lead a generation toward generosity and in the process, create awareness and support for the charities they choose each week. Since Sevenly started in June of 2011, they have raised over 3 million dollars and helped over 1 million people. Wow.
Now how does that relate to me? Well, besides the fact that I love shopping for a cause, Sevenly has chosen Reece’s Rainbow as their charity this week, and more specifically, families adopting children with Down syndrome that will be travelling around the next 3 months. That means we’re a part of this! (families benefitting: http://reecesrainbow.org/category/s14) When I heard that the goal is to raise $1,000 per family, my jaw dropped. I really can’t imagine that, but I know that God can do it. But even if that goal isn’t reached, I know that each of these families will feel so blessed by each dollar deposited into their grant funds. As of 11am today, this campaign has raised $3,682! That’s about $127 per family in just over 24 hours!! Here is a picture of the children or families you will be helping by shopping this week (some countries do not allow pictures of the kids prior to adoption).
Now let’s get to the fun part… shopping! You can click here to learn more and browse products: http://www.sevenly.org/. I think my 3 kids (including the one not yet home) will be rocking this one:
Because yes, “Orphans Matter.” When I was on Sevenly’s fb page last night, I saw someone commenting that we shouldn’t label these children orphans, and I will spare you my rant about that since I already vented to my husband and another friend. But it did lead me to look up “orphan” in the dictionary, and one of the definitions just tugged at my heart. Bereft of parents. Oh, that just makes me so sad. Let’s do what we can to put these children in families so that they will be bereft no more!
Each week Sevenly releases new designs specifically designed with the current campaign’s charity in mind http://www.sevenly.org/charity-products (man, these people are devoted!), but maybe you’re thinking that you’re not especially attached to the cause of adoption, and you don’t really want to walk around wearing an adoption shirt and inviting questions you can’t answer. That’s okay. Been there, felt that. How about this shirt?
It’s cold outside. You need a sweatshirt. Why not wear one that has a great message? “Be The Change you Hope to see in the World.” http://www.sevenly.org/womens/clothing
***AND added on Thursday around noon…***
I would order 20 of these if it came with that beautiful, flowing hair!
Now maybe you have a man in your life that likes to wear shirts, and maybe that man in your life has a beard (I’ve noticed that’s trendy these days). Look what a great accessory these are to beards!
“Be Kind For Everyone You Meet Is Fighting A Hard Battle.” http://www.sevenly.org/mens/clothing
Now let’s say you don’t like shirts. You only wear a shirt because of the “No shoes, no shirt, No service” signs at McDonald’s. That’s okay too. Sevenly has products for everyone! How about a print for your wall? http://www.sevenly.org/accessories
“Someone Is Praying For The Things You Take For Granted.” Ouch. That’s true. Someone is praying for a warm home, steady meals, and sturdy shoes. Someone is praying for a family.
No, it’s not possible for you to help each of the millions of orphans in this world, but it is possible to help a few. By making a purchase on Sevenly before January 6th, you can help bring at least 36 orphans home. You can help give them things we’ve all taken for granted, like love.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
PS- EDITED TO ADD: How could I have forgotten this part?!? For each adoption grant funded, these partners are donating a “Welcome Home” care package to the families being helped this week! http://www.sevenly.org/charity/reeces-rainbow/care-package I guess just it makes sense that an awesome, giving company would have such generous vendors. Thank you, Sevenly, and Thank you, Krochet Kids intl, aden + anais, and jellycat!!! From the depths of our hearts.
Other families blogging about Sevenly: