#GIVINGTUESDAY: The Why

Danita PetersonEvents, Saved Lives, Changed LivesLeave a Comment

If a colorful light turned on in your home every time you had an opportunity to make a difference on #GivingTuesday, the whole entire world would light up like a Lite Brite for 24 hours!

When you delightfully create magic on the black paper backdrop of the classic toy it’s amazing how even one or two missing lights can take away the beauty of the entire picture or make it feel completely incomplete.

On Giving Tuesday, we are admitting there are more than a few lights out in the communities we serve, in Florida and around the world, and when you make a gift on #GivingTuesday you are not only being a source of light in the midst of real darkness – such as trauma, hunger, broken families and more – you are also helping people see why they need to tap into the life-giving light source, Jesus Christ.

You work hard every day for the money in your bank account, and here are three ways that your gift will work hard to bring delightful color and light to our mission of serving One More Child every day.

1. YOUR #GIVINGTUESDAY GIFT WILL PROVIDE LIGHT BY HELPING US EXPAND OUR BRAVE MOMS PROGRAM
It’s not easy being a mom — if you’ve been one or have one, you can attest to that! Multiply that by the challenge of doing it on your own, often without any support system, and the results can be messy at times. That’s why around the state we are celebrating the fact that more single mothers and children are being provided housing, paired with Godly mentors and shown the ropes of what it takes to succeed financially, socially and in the workplace. What began on our Lakeland campus in 2016 quickly expanded to our Jacksonville location and your gift will help us expand this life-changing program to other locations throughout Florida.

2. YOUR #GIVINGTUESDAY GIFT WILL PROVIDE LIGHT BY HELPING US FILL MORE BACKPACKS AND TRUNKS WITH FOOD FOR HUNGRY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
You know that feeling whenever it’s been like six hours since you last had a snack, and you can’t think about anything except food? Now imagine that being a “normal” feeling. For 1 of 4 children in Florida, that’s the unfortunate reality.  In 2016 we provided more than 3 million meals to hungry children and families, and this year, we thank God that we are on track to provide more than 5 million meals. Your gift makes it possible to provide instant hope to people like a single mother who wrote this note when she stopped by our Harold Clark Simmons Compassion Center: I am a single mom of 7 with a full-time job. Compassion Ministries fills the gap when food is low…and their staff is amazing! I pray for God’s continued blessings on your ministry.

3. YOUR #GIVINGTUESDAY GIFT WILL SHOWER LIGHT AROUND THE WORLD
Children’s futures are going from dim to promising at Genesis Primary School in Uganda. Malnourished infants and toddlers in Guatemala are being restored to health. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being emblazoned on the hearts of children and teens in countries like Nicaragua. These inspiring truths are just a glimpse at the transformation that is made possible around the world when you give!

On #GivingTuesday, it’s not about us — it’s about helping One More Child. Through your gift you will be actively participating in the work Christ called you to, as you “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Thank you for being light!

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