A Mission of Love and Hope

Sometimes things are just meant to be.  When Lynn Gordon the president of Madonna Mission in Chicago reached out to me for a library book stamp I didn't even realize where the conversation would lead.  She needed to stamp the books in the library for her organization with their logo on it.  This is not an usual request, but what struck me is that this library was for refugee women and children trying to make a life for themselves in the US.  So I went to their website and I devoured it.  I was inspired by the programs Madonna Mission was offering to individuals and families and of course the children in this video pulled at my heart.  The videos always get me.  I knew Madonna Mission had to be the next charitable organization I gave to.  

The Madonna Mission was founded in 2011 in Chicago in order to serve newly-arrived refugee women and children in assimilating to American culture, regardless of their race, religion, or economic status. The goal is to promote human dignity and instill the spirit of hope in their participants. Helping them connect with other women in their same circumstances, these women and children form friendships and support networks to help them become self-sufficient and thrive in their new home.

The participants are offered programs such as English classes for the women, and after-school tutoring and summer camps for the children. The goal of the Madonna Mission is to grow to offer their programs to more people, more frequently, to increase their impact in the refugee community of Chicago.  You can read more about this inspiring organization here:  www.madonnamission.org and you can support them by buying any product from Hello World Paper Co. & Stamps the whole month of June.  

Nepal Relief

This week my son turns 4 and I can't believe how fast he is growing up!  We are going to our amazing and FREE St. Louis Zoo to celebrate and afterwards we will probably get a chocolate dip cone which is his absolute favorite!  I seriously can't wait!

Me and my love

He loves to be goofball with the camera.  I wonder where he gets that...

Sometimes I think about how lucky we are to live in a place that where we have a zoo, parks, chocolate dip cones, and other amenities so close that we can enjoy them whenever we want.  We also have hospitals, schools, and community centers to aid us in times of crisis.  I wonder though, what if that all went away?  What if there was a natural disaster that wiped out most of the area?  Who would reach out with a helping hand?  It’s almost scary to think about.  However, then I have to remind myself that people are good and the human spirit always wins out.  

We all know about the devastation that happened with the earthquake in Nepal.  Humanitarian aid is pouring into the area, but they need more help which is why I am donating 10% of Hello World Paper Co. & Stamps' profits this month to Samaritan’s Purse.  Samaritan’s Purse is an amazing organization that is prepared to respond to disasters with food, medicine, shelter, and basic supplies.  You can read more about this inspiring organization here: Samaritan's Purse and watch a video of them delivering items to Nepal. 

    Prashant Singh, 17, stands in the spot where his grandmother died in the earthquake. She was eating breakfast on the morning of April 25, when her house crumbled. “She was beautiful and she loved me very much and my sister,” he said. Image Credit:  Samaritan's Purse


Prashant Singh, 17, stands in the spot where his grandmother died in the earthquake. She was eating breakfast on the morning of April 25, when her house crumbled. “She was beautiful and she loved me very much and my sister,” he said. Image Credit:  Samaritan's Purse

Please consider helping the people of Nepal.  You can either donate directly to some of the amazing organizations like Samaritan's Purse or you can make that stamp purchase you have been putting off and 10% of the profits will go to Nepal relief.  Sa-weet!  

Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the ladies out there who's hearts are full of love for the children they have in their lives, the children they have lost, or the children yet to come.  I will be spending Mother's Day recovering from my son's birthday party with lots of kisses, snuggles, and a long hot bath.