Thursday, December 8, 2011

Great places to shop!

When shopping for Christmas gifts,  I wanted to try to buy things from shops that make a difference in the lives of people.  We are Compassion sponsors and one of the things that Compassion does for alot of the children they serve is help them go on to college. The Leadership Program helps students attend college, pay for room and board and books.  With education these children can leave poverty behind and make a difference in their own country. So, where does the shopping part come in.  Wise Abe is the dream of Kristi and Jessica. Wise Abe is a shop that sells recycled coffee bag purses and burlap pillows...does it get any better than that?   Yes, it does...the best part is that when you buy from them 10% of the profits goes to the Compassion Leadership program.  So you buy a bag or pillow and help a student go to college!  You can go here and read about the students they sponsor.

If you are local to Charlotte this  weekend is the Marketplace that benefits The Kilgoris Project.  The Marketplace will have so many different things for sale from local artists and just your average craft maker and lots of yummy goodies. Perfect place to find Christmas gifts. Best of all the proceeds go to help the children and families in Kenya.  The Marketplace will be in the Southend at Seneca Square Shopping Center 5215-C South Boulevard.  You can shop Friday night and all day Saturday! Hope to see you there!

If you have already done all your Christmas shopping and just want to share some Christmas love this year.  I have two friends who are in the process of adopting. I met Lauren through the world of international adoption on the internet.  She and her husband are adopting for the second time from Ethiopia.  Well, she has this huge giveaway on her blog. For $5 you can enter to win a bunch of goodies like a Kindle, beautiful throw, coffee, candles, scarf, fleece wrap...and on and on.  Go here and check it all out!  Again, I say only 5.00 dollars to enter.I know that doesn't seem like much but when you are trying to raise funds it is huge!

Angela is a friend I have met through our International Adoption Support group here in Charlotte.  She and her husband are adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  She has a cool fundraiser going on right now. Again JUST $5 will buy you a puzzle piece and help to bring their daughter home.  You can go here and buy a piece and make a huge difference this Christmas. 


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