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This Year I Will February 19, 2009

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 6:10 am
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I have been sitting on an urge. I haven’t known what that urge was until I read this post. Now I know.

There are many, many charities at home and abroad that need our help. Many. Too many.

Rich and I have given to many, many different flavors of need. Many. So many.

But this is different.

I read that post and I made a decision.

  • I will not sponsor a child in a foreign country this year.
  • I will not send money to drill a well or provide medicine or for a mission trip to anywhere this year (with the exception of the ones I’ve already promised a donation to).
  • I will not support my local Christian radio station this year.
  • I will not send money to big time domestic charities (Amer Heart Assoc, Amer Diabetes Assoc, Salv Army, etc) this year.

No. I won’t be involved in any of this type of giving this year.

How can you help?

Really I can do my own work on this one. But if you are local (as in, you live within 20 miles of me) and you know of someone truly in need like this lady and her baby who was mentioned in the post I just linked you to (yeah, click on it and read it — it’s short and it will do you good) then let me know immediately.

I’ll be on the phone tomorrow with the local hospitals, CareNet locations, and churches. I’ll find her. She’s out there. Her baby is sick and needs to eat. I will feed that baby the formula my child doesn’t need because I am able to breastfeed him.

Tonight — when Jaxon wakes me up at 4:00 in the morning for some boob time (as we affectionately call it) I will be so proud of my ability to feed my child a full meal straight from my healthy body. And I will think of her. I will wonder who she is who can’t feed her child a healthy meal. I will pray for her and her baby. I will ask God to reveal her to me. Then I will feed her baby the formula my child doesn’t need until her child is a year old.

This year I will do this.
Because I can.


This year…
what will you do?


8 Responses to “This Year I Will”

  1. Heidi: I believe this is what being a Christ-follower is all about: putting feet to our faith. All I can say is I am thinking.

  2. Mel Says:

    I have really come to see how important it is to do things such as this: helping someone near you with a true NEED. An urgent NEED. What a blessing you will be to that baby. And what a blessing that baby will be to YOU.

  3. Lorna Says:

    Bless your heart Heidi. I know how it so easy to write those checks and feel disconnected from how the money is helping. I feel the pull on my heart to get out there in a soup kitchen and really see the people who are in need. I feel the need to shake their hand and look them in the eyes and tell them “Jesus has not forgotten you”. Sometimes you just gotta do more than write a check. I’m betting God will lead you to this lady and more. Good luck. I’ll be praying for and rooting you on Girl!


  4. candidchatter Says:

    Research is going well. I found out that our local crisis pregnancy center (CareNet) will give a Mom in need free formula. They sometimes have so much to give away that they will start donating to local food pantries.

    Also, the CareNet person told me that WIC provides free formula — however, the coupons sometimes run out before the end of the month. Are you kidding me?

    I now need to call a local organization called Healthy Start. I’ll keep in touch here with my progress.

  5. jimmy paravane Says:

    I totally ripped your “How Can It Be?” post off today, and I may rip you off on this topic too. Watching the local Christians where I live do what they do in regards to “faith-based action vs. giving” is pretty much how I got involved with all of you online. I’ve been wondering how the recession is affecting the local ministries in OKC. I’m a huge fan of localized ministries.

  6. Kathryn Says:

    Heidi, I clicked over from 6 year med and was going to suggest a local crisis nursery so i”m glad you’ve got that figured out. Also, nurses at the local hospital (PICU or NICU especially) could help you find a mom as well..

    Im trying to figure out our “purpose” and pay it forward in a little different direction but locally as well.. I’ll check back to see how you’re doing as you’re an encouragement as well!

  7. candidchatter Says:

    Ugh — can’t reach a human being at the Health Department. I’m still trying. Thanks for the support and ideas here.


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