Tuesday, December 7, 2010

All I Want for Christmas is…60 Pairs of Shoes

As I mentioned in my last blog post, there are 42 new kids at Kind Hearts that are hoping to be matched with sponsor families in the United States. There are also 18 new children that have just joined the group at Trees of Glory. I thought how great it would be if we could raise the funds to buy a new pair of shoes for each of these kids this Christmas season.

$18 will buy a good pair of custom made shoes for these children. For most, it will be the first pair of new shoes they have ever had. For some, it may be the only pair of shoes they have ever had. I figure it will cost $1080.00. I have $215 ready to be sent to a special shoe fund at Children’s HopeChest for these kids. That means I need to sell 173 more necklaces!!  I have a bunch of new designs that Becky Burk (Adopt Africa Designs) made especially for us!! I think they are adorable. You can see more detailed images to the left under "Designs".

I need your help to spread the word, which is why I am having a GIVE AWAY!!!! On December 18, I will have a drawing and one person will win ANY 10 NECKLACES of their choice!! To have your name entered into the drawing, all you have to do is share my blog. You can post a link either on your blog or facebook page and then leave me a comment in the comments section of this post.

This is great news for you because bottle cap necklaces make super cute gifts!! They would be perfect for your friends, your kids, your grandkids, your parents and grandparents, your brothers and sisters, your nieces and nephews, your coaches, your teachers, your mailman, your babysitter, your youth pastor, your dog walker, Barack Obama, your orthodontist, your school mascot, your favorite barrista, your bus driver…you get the idea – pretty much everybody! I will include a little note with each necklace letting the person who receives it know that a donation was made to help buy shoes for orphans in Ethiopia. Who wouldn’t love that?!?

Because I want you to receive your necklaces in time for Christmas, I will finish all orders everyday and my mom will go to the post office everyday…because moms love to do that :0) My dad will provide all of the supplies so that 100% of your purchase will be donated!!

So…if you please, order some necklaces, share it on your blog, post a link on Facebook, and leave me a comment. Come back often for updates and to find out if you are the winner!!

Read more about the kids at Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory and find out how to sponsor a child at Karen Wistrom’s blog, Family from Afar.

Peace…Love...Do Good!!
Merry Christmas,
Sami
Over 100 pairs of shoes so far!!

Note: Bottle cap necklaces are not water-proof and are not for small children. You may experience overwhelming joy while wearing your bottle cap necklace. Normal side effects include: compliments from strangers and looks of admiration. If these symptoms occur, continue to wear your necklace and share my blog. When given as a gift, people may have a heightened sense of how cool you really are. Children should not be fed broccoli more than once a month, but should always receive dessert before and after every meal.  If you feel sad because you want to place an order but don't have a PayPal account, just send me an e-mail using the "Contact Me" button in the column on the left.

UPDATE:  I've been crazy busy over the past  6 days.  A whole bunch of really cool people have been ordering necklaces and sharing my blog!!  We have met our goal and will be able to provide shoes for all 60 new kids at Trees of Glory and Kind Hearts!!!  I am still getting orders and will be using the extra money to buy shoes for Kechene Orphanage, another Children's HopeChest care point where over 55 kids are enrolled!!

Here's an amazing video where you can see a little bit of Kechene Orphanage:  http://vimeo.com/3565906

34 comments:

  1. I shared on my blog at: www.wafflesvspaghetti.blogspot.com

    AND Facebook...just because I think you are amazing!

    I've bought before as well as my mom and sister, and they bought for my 3 6 year old nieces. We think you are the coolest lady!!!!!!!!

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  2. Hi Samantha, You are doing a wonderful thing!!! We love our bottle cap necklaces! I shared your blog on face book! I will be emailing your mom about ordering a few more "special" ones! We had a great time spending time with your family in Ethiopia!

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  3. Your necklaces will be in our stockings and your link is on my facebook! Hope you hit that magic number soon!!!

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  4. Hi Samantha! A link to your blog is now posted on our family's blog: 4nowsoon2be5.blogspot.com

    Thank you so much for what you are doing for the kids. Don't you just love them all! We are waiting for our court date for our little 9 year old girl and 5 year old boy.

    Keep up the great things you are doing for others! :)

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  5. I wrote a post about your blog on ourdifferentchristmas.blogspot.com Praying you towards your goal!

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  6. I posted you on my FB account. My blog is www.embracecompassion.blogspot.com.
    GREAT JOB on your idea! LOVE IT! I am going to try to order a couple today.

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  7. I just posted this on my FB account--these are GREAT! We are also adopting from Ethiopia. I hope my kids grow up to be like you!

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  8. just ordered a necklace and posted to FB. Love what you are doing! whitneypratt@ymail.com

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  9. I just ordered two and I posted about them on Facebook. What a great idea and you are SO sweet! We are adopting a 4 year old boy from Ethiopia.

    Debi
    http://jenkinsethiopiaadoption.blogspot.com/

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  10. I shared on facebook and will get my husband to order a few ;) (Christmas present for me... shhh! don't tell!) Your parents took pictures of our little guy when you all were in Ethiopia.

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  11. Sammy, I am sharing this on FB! You are so sweet and God is doing some amazing things through you!! I wish you and my 10yr old daughter were closer b/c I know you would hit it off! I can't wait to meet up with you in STL some day!! Love you and your family LOTS!!

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  12. I saw this on my sister's Facebook. I do not have girls and I don't think my boys would wear your necklaces. :) But I would like to make a small donation to you. How would I go about doing that?

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  13. These are so sweet! I can't wait to order some for my family!

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  14. OMGOSH! This is a FABULOUS give-away! I just shared on fb and listen...did I ever feature you on my blog as planned? I'm thinking that my African trip caused me to have a mental blip. :/

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  15. buying two necklaces, one for each of my daughters! And, posting you on my fb page again. Love what you are doing, and hope my girls will learn to care for the fatherless too!

    BreAnna Fowler

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  16. Haha, I laughed at your "note". Cute! :)

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  17. WOW!! I am impressed by your mission, heart, and craftiness! I have posted a link to your blog on my FB, will be making an order, and will also add your button on my blog.

    Merry CHRISTmas!

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  18. Your link is now posted on my facebook, and I will send a message to all of my friends to check this site out. I LOVE the necklaces - the designs are so cute! I bought one for myself and my daughter, who is only 3, but she will wear it one day :)
    Thank you for not only caring, but for actually doing something!

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  19. I posted about you on my blog, tanyaadopts.blogspot.com. I am also going to post about you on facebook. Every day I am posting links to gifts that make a difference. You are definitely making a difference!!!

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  20. These are cool. I shared the link with some kids I went on a missions trip to Africa with. I hope your Christmas wish comes true and I'd love to win one of these too!

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  21. I shared this on my FB account! What you're doing is AWESOME. You are an incredible young woman. Good luck!

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  22. Sami... I am SO PROUD of you for this idea. You are such an amazing young lady. I posted your blog on my Facebook and hope that it sells some of your necklaces. One person even wondered if they could donate shoes, so let me know. Hope you guys pass court soon!

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  23. I shared your blog on facebook. I hope you reach your goal!

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  24. I shared your blog on my facebook!
    Keep up the good work!
    Blessings,
    Jenn

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  25. Buying some & sharing on FB. Love that you are providing shoes for orphans! Precious. Becka (TN)

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  26. what a great big heart you have! so excited about what you're doing to glorify God. i am posting this on my facebook and my blog www.snyderadopt.blogspot.com i will also have to order some of the new designs :) thank you so much for what you're doing for these children.

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  27. I shared your link on my facebook page. I have also ordered some for my daughters, niece and neighbors. God Bless your BIG heart!!

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  28. Samantha,
    What an amazing young lady you are. God is working through you and you are doing great things. I shared your blogspot on my facebook page and am hoping you get a response from some of my friends. I am buying 3 of your necklaces from your Aunt Jamie when she gets her package this week. Thanks for all you do!
    Jenny Eden

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  29. YOU are AMAZING!!! And I am so thankful for your help for all the kids at Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory - and now Kechene!! love, Karen Wistrom

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  30. This is so amazing Sami. I am definitely sharing your story on FB and with my kids. I have a friend who was just at Kechene, she shared this with us. May you be doubly blessed this Christmas for what you are doing.

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  31. You are an inspiration Sami. I just posted this on my FB page so that my friends can see your talent and more importantly, your heart. Thanks for making a difference that matters.

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  32. Sami... your heart is amazing. Thank you so very much for what you are doing for Africa. I just shared this on FB and will also share this on our blog (prince-fam.blogspot.com). We live in MN now, but in 58 days we'll be getting on a plane (after selling everything!) and moving to Swaziland. But, before we do, we're placing an order for these. Bless you, Sami... thanks for making a HUGE difference. :)

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  33. Sami, thank you thank you thank you for doing what you do! A friend of mine just shared your link with me and I so appreciate your work. Africa is always on my heart and I greatly appreciate any effort to aid the beautiful people of this vast continent. I posted a link to your blog on my blog (http://thisisalyssasblog.tumblr.com/).

    Blessings,
    Alyssa

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  34. THANK YOU!! We have a sponsor child "Tu" at Kechene. We just ordered and are excited to get our necklaces.

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