BENEFITING: The Mercy Maternity House, Inc.
There's nothing special about the 32nd birthday. It's just stuck in there between 30 and 40 (closer to 30, I would like to point out). It could be just another year, another birthday for me. But--with you're help--I'd love to celebrate in the best way I can imagine--helping others!
Over the past 7 years I've had 3 babies, 4 pregnancies, countless doctor appointment, plenty of late nights, and lots and lots of love in my life. Since starting the journey of motherhood, I've often thought about mothers in areas of the world where medical help is not available, where food is scarce, where nights are sleepless because of gunshots close by, where women aren't able to work a sustaining and respectable job, where things I take for granted--food, shelter, safety--are the things mothers hope for each day. Some nights, when I'm getting up for the upteenth time, my heart softens as I sit nursing my baby, thinking of the mothers across the world who can't care for themselves, let alone their children--not because the don't want to, but because they live in an area of the world where scarcity is much too common. I know how a mother's love for her child radiates to every inch of her being, and I can't imagine being unable to provide my child with the necessities.
That is why, for my unimportant 32nd birthday, I'd like to do something important with YOU: help these mothers and babies. Mercy House Kenya provides support for pregnant girls living on the streets in Kenya. It is a place where mothers can receive pre and post natal care, counseling services, education, life and job skills, and the support of a family environment as they find their path to a healthy and sustainable life. The goal is for these young women to be reintegrated into their homes, and able to care for their family.
So can you please help turn my 32nd Blah-day into a celebration of hope and love for those less fortunate? And here's the best part: You can donate directly to the Mercy House, where your money goes straight to the programs that support these young women (medical care, counseling, food, education, etc.). Or--this is very cool--you can buy from the Mercy House Shop! The shop is full of cool jewelry and gifty type things, and 25% of the profits of each item goes directly to it's maker. This helps the women save to start their own business or further their education after they leave the program. So you get a cool statement necklace, and a woman in Africa gets a step closer to being able to care for her family. It's a happy-birthday, do-good twofer! (If you do choose to buy from the shop, please let me know in the comments section so that I may send you a proper thank-you!). Here is the website to The Mercy House online shop: http://shop.mercyhousekenya.org
Each and every donation will be received with humble gratitude and the potential to change lives for the better. I can't imagine feeling more loved than having my friends and family support a cause that burdens my heart. Here's to reclaiming my 32nd birthday from blah-ness and making it awesome!