Happy birthday to you...
Happy birthday dear so-in-so...
Happy birthday to you!
What's the first thing you think about when you hear that song...
Most folks would think about parties, balloons, cake, AND PRESENTS!!!!!!
Yes, birthdays are days of celebrations, but does the birthday girl or guy REALLY need more STUFF?
Our family says "NO"! And our friends, Jay and Sohini, say "NO"!
Listen to what Jay and Sohini did this year....They know about these awful places called "remand homes" in a far away place called "Uganda". Really, these are child prisons. They are filthy. They are over-crowded. They are run-down. Jay and Sohini couldn't imagine getting MORE STUFF for their birthdays while these children have NOTHING. So, they did something different. Something radical.
Read what Sohini said in her email to her friends...
Good afternoon all, as most of you know I turn 30 next Sunday the 6th. I am so grateful to see another year and to be blessed with the family and friends that I have.
This past week it was my brother Jaymin's birthday and this year instead of receiving gifts, he asked his friends and family to give a gift by donating money to buy mattresses for young girls and boys in Uganda, Africa. He visited Uganda about a year and a half ago and was touched by these children and the condition they live in. I know it was a humbling experience for him and it makes me proud of the work my brother does.
So, this year I have been inspired by my brother to do the same thing. I ask you not to take me out to eat or give me cards and gifts. I want you to donate the money to help these children so they can sleep a little better at night. To learn more and to donate please visit:http://jays29thbirthday.com/ or you can send me a check or money and I will donate it in your name.
When you give with an open heart, you receive the profound gift of humility.
And here's Jay's link...
As for my family, each year we choose a different organization to support. We put on our invitations something like, "In lieu of gifts, please consider giving a monetary donation to a charity that is close to our heart." In years past, we've raised money for Jars of Clay, The SAY Yes! Center, SixtyFeet, and this year we asked friends to bring a pair (or five) of flip-flops to take to the kids in Uganda. No, this wasn't my children's idea. It's just something we, as parents, decided to do to teach our kids so that they will learn to think of others. Our kids have enough stuff. But there are kids in our city and across the globe that don't even have the proper necessities of life. Really, the party celebration is enough for my girls. A super fun day with your best friends and treats galore! Isn't that enough?
As I was chatting with Jay this week via email, we realized this could really be a trendy thing to do. This thing could really catch on. And maybe, just maybe, we COULD make a difference in this world.
(By the way - so far, Jay has raised around $2,900 to buy the kids in these remand homes mattresses and beds!)