It is the beginning of the month and if you have followed me in the past 2 1/2 years you know that that is the day that I tally up the comments made on my blog during the past month and make a donation to the cause for that month. It is also the day that I announce the new cause!!! Woo hoo! I get pretty excited about it —maybe not as excited as I do about Flavia machines but hey—-pretty excited none the less.
This past month comments were designated to go toward support of Second Life Bikes I posted about this project here. It is a pretty amazing project in New Jersey that allows young people the opportunity to be a part of something pretty wonderful and at the same time they develop some skills and build relationships that will carry them through a lifetime. It is a win win—puts kids to work repairing and repurposing bikes that would have otherwise been discarded AND helps build their self esteem and confidence at the same time. Thanks to the comments YOU made this month a donation of $184 will be going to help support their efforts.
My cause for September needs a little background information as to why I chose it. I have a friend. Well, I actually have more than one friend but this friend is going through a tough time. Her name is Betty and I first met her when I worked at Epworth UMC in Concord, NC. When I think of a praying woman it is Betty. She has faith that will move mountains. Well, sweet Betty got a cancer diagnosis back in May—stage III ovarian cancer. It stinks. It rocked the world of all of us who call her friend because she is one of the healthiest and most active people that we all know. She has a CaringBridge site (click here to go to her page) and it has become her ministry to encourage others with her faith journey during this health crisis in her life. She is blessing others continually. Betty is continuing her treatment and has good days and bad days but has actually been able to go back to work part time which has been a hugely positive thing in her journey through this illness. She loves to walk and keep active and even when she feels weak and wimpy she manages to keep a smile on her face.
One of the things that I know about Betty is that she is generous. Awhile back she was convicted to make a very generous donation through Samaritan’s Purse to held build wells in the Sudan to enable people in that area to have access to clean water. This is something that we take for granted where we live. It seems only appropriate to show my support of Betty during her journey through chemo to choose a water ministry as my “cause” for September. There are many that are available but I am going to support the Sudan programs that have captured Betty’s heart. If you click here it will take you to a short video about the program.
In September for each comment you make on any post that was made anytime I will donate 50 cents to Samaritan’s Purse to help with water programs in the Sudan in honor of a wonderful friend, Betty Barnhardt. Thank you in advance for your support and always—for your comments. They mean so much.
Another blogger, Rebecca, over at A Beautiful Ruckus has joined in on the Comments for a Cause bandwagon! If you would like to see what she is up to please hop over to her blog and leave a comment. She found my blog and liked the Comments for a Cause idea and wanted to join in on the love and I am thrilled to have another blogger highlight great charities. She is the mom of quads and her causes will mainly be child and family related with the first one being one that I have featured myself—Compassion International.
I also have a late addition to the Comments for a Cause crew!!! Sarah who blogs over at OMG There’s Three is joining us and I cannot be happier!!! Her cause for the month is Charlie’s House which is a dedicated to child safety around the home. Please go over to Sarah’s blog and check in with her, leave a comment and see what Charlie’s House is all about.
Welcome aboard to these two ladies who are doing great things!!!! Thanks!