I’m thrilled to bring Friday’s Mark back from its short break with a guest who is the epitome of the idea behind Leave Your Mark. Kasey is a mom determined to make a difference in the world. I’m honored to have her on the blog today and for the chance to watch her change the world. ~Heather
One Mom. $2.00 a Day. 31 Days.
Ever since I was little I remember wanting to do the proverbial something big with my life. When I was tiny, something big was feeding homeless people, becoming a doctor-missionary, or, maybe, a princess. As a teenager, something big became much more realistic: a teacher or a journalist, perhaps. I wanted to make a difference in the world, but I definitely wanted that paycheck that came with it. College was a similar story, except something big was acting, and didn’t come with a paycheck.
When I became a mom, my world completely changed. Suddenly something big came in a very tiny package. Suddenly, everyone’s baby became my baby. I began crying over stories of children who are left by their parents at orphanages in Uganda because they want their children to have three meals a day and an education. I rejoiced with the videos of third-world children opening their Operation: Christmas Child presents. And I wanted to be a part of every single opportunity to better other people’s lives.
Of course, I knew that I couldn’t personally donate to every cause, and that’s where the One Mom. $2.00 a Day. 31 Days. campaign began. During the month of August, I will be eating on $2.00 a day to raise awareness for the half of the world that lives in extreme poverty. Each day of that month I will be showcasing a charitable organization that is working to alleviate human suffering.
How can you help? First of all, visit my blog, readingandrunning.blogspot.com. I will be posting daily and will also be hosting a variety of guest bloggers to raise awareness.
Secondly, share my blog with your friends. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, then simply share the links to some of the organizations that we are showcasing. The more people know, the more help goes out to our friends around the world.
Thirdly, support these organizations. I tried to be sure that there were a variety of ways to get involved with each group. You can simply donate, or you could buy a bracelet or coffee. You can run a 5k. Or you can volunteer. Anyone can get involved.
Lastly, you can join in the challenge with me. Make the pledge to eat on $2.00 a day for a day, a week, or the entire month. Raise awareness within your own blog readership, your community, your friends, and your family.
Are you ready for something big?