Today's Giving Up To Give Donation has been filled by the Flora family (Mike and Jennifer and their boys Isaac and Grant). I will let Jennifer Flora tell you in her own words what they are Giving Up To Give and why.
We signed up for Giving Up To Give for a few reasons...1.) It offers a simple way to help others as a family. 2.) We love the idea of giving something up in order to send the funds we've pledged. We live daily with comforts and conveniences that we constantly take for granted. Giving up something that we usually would do keeps us mindful of our blessings, as well as the ones we want to be a blessing to. We hope this is something that our sons will be able to understand and experience a little bit better than if we simply donated some money in our family's name.
Do you have a personal connection to the Congo?
We have a personal connection to the Brown family... so they are our "Congo Connection" :)
What are you Giving Up To Give?
We're giving up a drive-thru dinner... we are traveling to see loved ones this evening, and when we're on the road we often go through a fast food spot for dinner. Finding someplace other than the 3 or 4 places we have in our hometown is a treat. :) Tonight we'll brown bag it.
How would you encourage others to join Giving Up To Give?
Giving in this way is about as simple as it gets! Our gift isn't huge or monumental, but it's from our hearts. We're hoping to have some fun with our boys finding a new way and a new day to "Give up to Give" every month or at least every other month. This will keep the Congolese children present in our minds and hearts, as well as be a consistent reminder to us of all we have and need to appreciate! Mike and I came up with this one on our own, but we are hoping to have the boys brainstorm ideas for what we can give up in February. Anytime we can look outside of ourselves and try to help meet the needs of others, we end up being the ones to feel blessed! I hope that doesn't make our participation selfish - ha! We certainly feel consistently challenged to guide our sons to think of others before themselves...it seems that our present culture works against being unselfish at every turn. I would encourage any family to take this on as a fun challenge and get their kiddos involved!