BENEFITING: Amara Parenting & Adoption Services
With each passing year of life, I find that birthdays are a great time for self reflection. Last year, as some of you might recall, I decided to do a birthday campaign drive in lieu of birthday gifts from family and friends and I fell in love with this idea. Ever since reading this quote;
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" -
I knew I wanted to live a life of success. That drive to be successful really comes from an innate desire to leave the world a little bit better and to make a lasting impact however I can. A wise person once told me that what every person really wants is to be significant and to feel secure.
Just think about that for a minute.
We want to know that we are significant and secure.
We want to know that we matter to someone, that our friends and family do indeed care about us as much, if not more, as we care about them. We want to be secure, in ourselves, in our place within our families, and communities. That the people we love and count on won't betray us when we need them the most.
Significance. Security. Sounds simple, right?
The sad truth is that many of us, including many -much too many- kids don't start out in life with that sense of significance or security we all seek and need.
After much thought, consideration, and research, I've decided to make this year's birthday campaign for Amara. They have excellent ratings on Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=15161#.VxkQw5MrKRs) and "Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love, support and comfort of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as they need."
On any given day, there are nearly 10,000 kids in foster care in Washington state. TEN THOUSAND. It breaks my heart thinking about how many kids must be placed due to circumstances beyond their control and that's putting it lightly.
Please help me make a difference, however big or small, for these kids. Help me remind them that they are significant, and together, as a community, provide them with a sense of security they may never get the chance to have without your compassion and generosity.
Amara also has a Amazon wishlist of their most needed and requested items: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3F12AZV0YPJH1/ref=topnav_lists_1
I hope this birthday campaign movement continues to gain momentum and popularity and I hope people won't be dissuaded to donate their birthdays because "everyone else is doing it." The reality is, not enough people think they are significant. Not enough people realize the difference they can make. But after 28 years of (no, not a picture perfect life) I refuse to become another cynic. Please join me in making the world a better place. Let's become success stories together.
"We have the power to change the world. Let us shout it from the rooftops: Be brave. Be kind. Give forgiveness. Bring peace. Spread joy. And always kiss your children good night. LOVE and BElieve THEre is GOOD in the world. Because there is."