One thing I love about Blog World, there are days when you never know where you are going to end up. And hopefully, leave fully inspired and encouraged to either create, to live, to love… and for me today, to help.
I was reading one of my daily reads, Ashely Ann Photography when she described another day in her little girls hospital stay. She left the hospital for the first time and went to the craft store to buy some fabric, of course. I couldn’t wait to see what she was going to do with it though.
Aren’t these bracelets from V& Co. great? So J.Crew, right? This is what Ashley was making.
And this is why…
I had heard Craft Hope mentioned here and there on some of my favorite blogs, but for one reason or another, never checked it out. Today I did. And I was instantly inspired.
Hopefully you know that I have a heart for adoption and a heart for children who need someone to love them! Once I hopped on over to Craft Hope’s page and read about their latest project… I was hooked! Craft Hope has teamed up with Orphan Outreach. I’ll let them tell you in their own words what they are doing.
For Project 12, we are partnering with Orphan Outreach and sending them with a little love to take to Russia. This time we will be making bracelets for them to pass out to kids. Bracelets are a huge hit with kids of all ages. They are going on a trip in August and have asked us to collect bracelets for them.
And here is why…
There are more than 143 million orphans around the world. The majority don’t live in orphanages, they live in communities. They live in extreme poverty and many are homeless.
One hundred and forty three million. 143 million. Can you comprehend this number? Staggering. Mind boggling. Overwhelming.
A few more statistics that will stop you in your tracks
- Every day 5,760 more children become orphans.
- Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but
- Every year 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system.
- More than 1 million orphans are waiting for a home in Russia.
- In Russia, 60% of girl orphans become prostitutes and 70% of male orphans become hardened criminals.
My heart beats 3 times faster when I stop to think about the fact that it was possible that my son could have been an orphan!
I am incredibly and forever blessed by this little man in my life. It’s funny how people will tell us how lucky he is that we found him. But to be honest… Bart and I are the one’s that are truly blessed! Little B has forever changed our lives for the better, and shown us a love that we never knew before.
I read the statistics above and my heart is truly sad. I pray that one day, God will bless again with another child. I would love for Little B to have a sibling. But more importantly, I know that I can love a kid that needs to be loved and doesn’t have anyone.
But until that day, this is the least I can do. I have the ability to do this. And therefore, I am going to do this.
Will you join me?
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
If you will, check out Craft Hope’s project.
If you want, make the Jersey Knit bracelet from V and Co. or make your own.