A few years ago I ran a post for some sweet friends whose little boy, Nolan, had just been been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Together, we raised over $5,000 to help with the overwhelming expenses of treatments, travel, and physical therapy.
Since then, this place has grown a bit, which begs the question,
Why don’t we do that more often?
There’s no good reason. So we are going to.
This month, we are starting a little som’n som’n called “Want, NEED, Wear, Read.”
Let me explain…
Within the last few years a new Christmas tradition has emerged in which parents only buy their kids four gifts: “something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.” I love the heart behind it: paring down gifts in an effort to combat the materialism of Christmas.
Plus, it’s catchy.
So here at jordanharrell.com, we are jumping on that bandwagon the first Monday of each month. I’m going to share with you something I think you might WANT, a chance to give to someone in NEED, something I like to WEAR, and something I think you should READ. Each month will bring new offers in each category so that we can reach the ultimate goal of MEETING A WHOLE LOTTA NEEDS.
To top it off, I’m going to #GIVEAWAY my Wants, Wears, and Reads each month to offer even more incentive for you to spread the word for a worthy cause.
Friends, can we just go ahead and make this amazing? I know your goodness; you have proven it to me over and over again. I have witnessed so many of you point out the broken and weary and say, “I see your fear and I see your anxiety. But I believe in a God that prioritizes the least of these above any other and answers their cries. And I’m going to take care of you because that’s what we do. We take care of each other.”
Here’s my proposal: if you buy any of the WEAR, READ, or WANT items, please give at least $5 to the NEED. (And if you don’t buy from the other three categories, by all means give to the NEED anyway.)
*Disclaimer* I am not nearly important enough for people to send me products to sell on my blog. These are all items that I legitimately love, own, and chose myself. However, I will receive a small (very small) commission if you buy through a couple of the links provided, a portion of which will be given to the Gomez-Orozco family.
Something to WANT … Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover
I’m so bad at laundry. Mostly, I just don’t have the patience or persistence for it. Plus, my kids are NOT clean people (whose are?). However, my cousin introduced me to this stuff about a month ago and I’m sold. It works 1,000x better than any other brand I’ve tried (that is not an actual statistic).
Someone in NEED … the family of Kayla Gomez-Orozco
Kayla Gomez-Orozco disappeared last Tuesday at her church. As my sister-in-law’s sister teaches at the school Kayla attended in Tyler, TX, she quickly alerted us to start praying. My heart broke when news broke Saturday that her body had been found.
I can’t even begin to imagine the pain, confusion, and devastation of losing a child, much less in this way. Stories like this urge us to cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” If not in the form of his physical return, then in the form of his inexplicable peace. And in the form of us, his followers. We will continue to pray for this family, because we believe it is powerful and needed, but let’s also provide a tangible way for Christ to come down to this family. So please consider giving even a small amount to help with the financial burden of burying a child. In the midst of such grief, may God use this place to point Kayla’s family back to His goodness.
(If you click the link below and it sends you to PayPal’s home page instead of a payment page, try using a different browser. If it still doesn’t work, you can send your donation to the website’s charity account at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
*Money donated through this button will go to JordanHarrell.com’s charity account which will then be given to the family in a lump sum. I do this to track how much is raised through the site so that I can report that number back to you. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE VIA PAYPAL AFTER NOVEMBER 30, as I will already have sent the funds. If you feel more comfortable donating directly to the family through their YouCaring site, click here.*
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Something to WEAR… Oliver and Otis Tee
I am not one of those moms that can manage a home and look good doing it. I might brush my hair by dinnertime, I might not. But can we all agree how thrilling it is for t-shirts to be so cute now? Praise the Lord for a soft, comfy tee that actually makes us look like we tried.
Something to READ… UnSelfie by Michele Borba, Ed.D.
If you’ve ever been fearful of raising children in the narcissistic, self-absorbed, SELFIE society we currently find ourselves, please read this. One statistic I found alarming: 1 in 5 middle schoolers contemplates suicide. The amount of bullying and cyber-bullying our children are encountering is astounding. Borba’s solution? EMPATHY. The lack of empathy found in today’s kids not only affects their relationships, she claims, but their academics. In this book she gives you practical ways (word-for-word phrases) to instill empathy in your children. This should be required reading for anyone who has ever encountered another human.
So that we can really help this family out, one of you will receive a little box filled with ALL of my November favorites as a thank-you for spreading the word.
This month’s package includes: