Well, it’s been forever, but I’m still trucking with my Compassion Funds project. Just to clarify in case I confused anyone, I’m only temporarily switching the charities of choice. When I mentioned that I would be using my April and May compassion funds to help my friend Amanda Howard reach her funding for the world race, I didn’t mean that I would not be helping out Chandler McAnnally and the Atlanta homeless outreach he is doing. That would be so rude. So, just know, in case anyone was concerned, Chandler will get the Compassion Funds probably in August after I get back from my summer in Mexico (I’ll say more on that in future posts).
The other little things I wanted to share: one, I’m super inspired by my friends and hope you will take inspiration from them as well as you do your part. My good friends Peyton and Kate have shared with me some of the little things that they are doing to make a difference. Kate told me that whenever she gets a dollar, she puts it in her car so that when the homeless newspaper salesman downtown tries to sell her a paper, she has something to give him. Peyton is using his birthday as a platform to launch a water campaign through CharityWater. The last time I talked to him, I learned something new about the organization: 100% of donations go directly to water relief efforts (AKA, no administrative uses). Cool. Cool cool cool (as my favorite Community character, Abed, would say).
Also, when I was reading my Greek yogurt label (not 100% sure why I was reading it in the first place, but whatever), I discovered that the Chobani greek yogurt people give 10% to charities worldwide. AND, last week they were on sale for $1 apiece. So, if you like greek yogurt, give back with Chobani! If you already buy Chobani, you’re doing your little thing to make a difference. Good job 🙂
On a more serious note, I’m really thankful for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection that’s about to happen tomorrow. If you go to an Easter service, I encourage you to think about what Jesus’ resurrection really means. For us as Christians, it means eternal life, but more than that, it means an opportunity for us to tell the world about life in Christ and to serve the world by doing our part out of our extreme gratitude for what God, through Jesus, did for us.
Happy, happy Easter and may you have a blessed time with family and friends, as we prayerfully remember, always, our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who will be celebrating with us.
1″ After the Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.2 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.4The guards were so afraid that they trembled and became like dead men. 5 The angel spoke to the women.
You must not be afraid, he said. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6 He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said.” Matthew 28: 1-6, Good News Bible