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30 For Jess 30

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EVENT DATE: Mar 27, 2012

Jessica Thigpen


I am about to turn to turn 30.

My 30th birthday is one I've really been looking forward to. For a long time I've been racking my brain and cooking up all sorts of ideas about the very best way to issue in this new chapter of my life by throwing the most amazing party ever.

However, as this milestone approaches, I have found myself thinking less and less about throwing a party for myself and more and more about what I can to do to celebrate someone who is truly deserving.

One of my closest friends is named Melissa and she is a sort of hero of mine. We met in high school and I could write pages about all that we've seen each other through in the last 15 years- but the most important thing for you to know is that to me she has been one of those truly rare friends who always has a way of making me laugh when I cry, a way of grounding me when I need it most, and a way of always helping me find fun and joy in life.

A couple years ago, Melissa (who followed her dream and works as a special education teacher) decided to spend her summer working to serve others in Africa. Again, I could write pages on all the life-changing things that she encountered in Africa, but the most important thing involves a baby girl named Lola.

Lola lives in an orphanage in Uganda and suffers from what is most likely a form of Cerebral Palsy. She also has one of the brightest smiles and a gorgeous pair of eyes that one can only best describe as radiating from an old soul.

Long story short, Melissa met Lola in Uganda and fell in love the instant she held her for the first time. Ever since that moment, despite all odds Melissa has made it her mission to adopt baby Lola and bring her home.

The way I see it, if I did throw the most amazing party ever and every single one of my friends came to celebrate with me and had just one drink it would cost them at least 4 or 5 bucks (depending on how cheap the specials are). So it got me thinking...what if instead each of my friends gave 3,4 or 5 bucks to a fund for Lola's adoption? How much money could I raise?

If instead of going out to dinner with me 30 of my friends gave 30 dollars for Lola's adoption I could give my dear friend Melissa 900 dollars!

That is the kind of b-day present I would like to give.

So please my dear friends, help me really party for my birthday and take a moment to give what ever you can- even if it's just a dollar or two.

Let's bring Lola home. It's all I want for my birthday.



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