I've wrestled with whether or not to post this blog post... Last year I read another blogger's thoughts on businesses that claim to support causes with their revenues. She suggested that the discerning consumer should know how much of a business' revenues actually go to what they say they support. She said it should be published on their website.
I rejected that notion at first. I am a for profit business. My heart's desire is to live out my faith, and the Bible says to do your giving in secret. BUT, I do claim to support Heart For Africa... YOU trust me to do that and I know many of you like that your purchase makes a difference. It finally dawned on me, this isn't about ME... It's about US... WE are partners in this endeavor.
So I have decided that I will start to publish a summary each year of how your loyalty and support made a difference in the lives of others. WE make a great TEAM and I am so thankful for your continued support.
So here goes...
In 2016, $3,775* was donated to Heart For Africa. $50 was also given each month to their Angel/Hero program for another $600. And $210 was donated to Forgotten Children's Ministry in Honduras. All total, $4,585 was given directly to caring for those in need.
Let's do this again in 2017! My goal this year is to be able to donate $6,000. As always, at least 10% of retail sales will go to Heart For Africa, but I'd like to go above and beyond that 10% to give to 2 other ministries that have become special to my heart. A ministry in Honduras that rescues street children and a ministry in Georgia that works with addicted women to help them find their freedom. That feels like a big goal for a one woman show, but hey, you know what they say, "go big or go home!" Let's go big!!
Keep watching the website, I am determined to add more this year to make shopping easier!!
Happy New Year!!
*(And something really cool... of that $3,775, $2,500 was given during 2 campaigns where donations were being matched, so $2,500 became $5,000!)