Responding in Hard Times

 

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Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle

 

Dear friends, in the middle of preparing for back-to-school well wishes and updates, we are instead writing a few words about the tragedy that has unfolded in Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Harvey has left so much devastation, caused so much damage, displaced so many. But through this we have seen many people come to aid and rescue, donating their own resources, sharing of their time and gifts, doing what American know how to do best- come to the rescue.  If you’ve been looking for ways to help, please accept these few ideas.

1. The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CDRG)

2. The Salvation Army

3. The American Red Cross or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

4. In your local communities: Churches, blood banks, and food banks all need your help and are instrumental in channeling resources to where they are needed.

5. In Central Texas:

A school supply drive is being organized by Harper-Talasek Funeral Home to benefit the KIPP: Houston Public Schools . Contact Sabrina Young at 254-773-4564 for more information. (We’ll continue to add to supply drive information as we hear about them. Feel free to let us know if you know of any so that we may post.)

Baylor Scott and & White Health Faith in Action Initiative is accepting donations at several locations. Click on link for items needed.

Many times prayer, a good talk, a good cry on the shoulder will be more than enough. Our hearts and prayers are will all of you! We pray you find yourself safe and surrounded by support and love.

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Year 3 Underway!

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2016-2017 Angel’s Buddies

Dear friends, Angel’s Buddies is in it’s 3rd year! And we must say, we started off the school year in an awesome way! You might remember that we had an amazing book drive this summer, hosted by our dear friend Suzanne Mosley with Usborne Books (read more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/497816570419833/).

Well, through that awesome opportunity, you bought books and contributed enough funds to send books to all of our buddies! Speaking of our buddies- we received the most amazing “thank you” picture. Did you see!? They received their backpacks and their books!

Thank you for your support as we continue in this effort to encourage kids in low income communities. We don’t know what the long-term results will be, but we do know that if we can help bring a smile and encouragement to them now, then that is worth the effort! I hope you agree!! Thank you!!

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Full backpacks– ready to ship!

Our Shop: Dearly Loved Greetings

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The idea to raise funds through the sale of hand-made/drawn items and greeting cards featuring my photos, started off mostly as a little dream. I don’t have any design or photography experience or training, but I do LOVE taking pictures and I LOVE beautifully designed stationary. I will go gaga over a pretty journal and do heart cart-wheels when I come across a sweet set of lovely cards. I can’t contain myself. I can’t. And so after a small dive into postcard design, I thought greeting cards would be a nice addition, a fun challenge. That challenge has led to other dreams…oh boy! But what are dreams without a chance to make them come true, right!!??? So in this slow, amateur, but heart-felt road to bigger dreams, I want to thank you for taking a peek at our items and for giving our items a chance, for braving making a donation to our cause with the purchase of one of our “dream” items. Our current items are displayed in our Dearly Loved Greetings section. But yes, there is more to come! Hope you will find something you like, something sweet to do cart-wheels over, or to heartedly gift! Please visit often!

Thank you, in advance for your support!  Your support encourages us greatly!

New 2016 Greetings

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Dear friends, our new, just-can’t-wait-for-2016 greeting card set is here! Let your loved ones know they are in your hearts- send them a sweet greeting! The set  of 4, 3×5 cards, is $12.  Your purchase will make us (and the recipient of your greeting) smile!

Let us know below if you’d like a set!

Thank you so much for your support!

 

Celebrating All Things Good

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Today we are grateful for our supporters, but mostly for the people who inspire our efforts. In the forefront, our brother, for whom this charity was formed. He gave us a peek at what struggle looked like, yet made it look easy by continuing to dream. We are grateful for the spirit of giving and compassion we saw in the people who encouraged him and believed in his dreams.  We keep going, celebrating all things good, hoping to share what we gained from loving him.  We stand believing in the greatness of every child’s potential and the goodness of a simple word of encouragement!

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!

I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:3 NIV

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV

The Year Underway

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We got a great picture of our friends sending us some love, sporting their new backpacks today! We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to connect in this way! We know that the need is big, bigger than we could ever wrap our minds around, but little-by-little, bit-by-bit, one child at a time, we strive forward knowing that we can all make a difference.

As we have been encouraged by this image, we’d like to encourage you to reach out to your little students at home, or in the classroom, and let them know what a GREAT JOB they are doing. For our readers and supporters, THANK YOU for your interest in our efforts to spread encouragement to kids in low-income areas. Lastly, to our teachers: YES! You are doing a great job, EVERYDAY!

Let’s encourage!