Give Hope

Ya'll I just had the most amazing birthday & a wonderful trip to NYC. And I want to tell you about it. But my heart says it has to wait - there is a bigger story to share. I've been telling Andy (formerly called hubs, henceforth to be called by his name per his request) that I don't want this blog to be about me. I want to be able to make a difference and change lives. To show you how to make the pillow you've been coveting from Anthropologie but refuse to pay the price, to teach you the best orzo recipe on this planet, but way more importantly to make a difference in the lives of others. This fall I am attending my first blogging conference (Allume). Although I'm scared to death over it, I can't hardly wait. Over the past few weeks, I've started to connect with that community through Facebook. And during my rush for prepping for our NYC trip I disconnected from the world a bit and didn't check the news for a few days (way abnormal for me). Once we were in the city I slept in and caught the morning news on Friday. You probably saw the story of the UPS plane that crashed, killing both people on board. Stories like this unfortunately show up it seems like everyday and at least I sometimes become numb to the realities of these tragedies.

Freeset USA is a sponsor of the conference. They are a non-profit fair trade business that offers employment to women trapped in Calcutta's sex trade. They make various types of bags that are sold here in the US that then produce more supplies to keep women there in jobs and out of sex slavery. They are super cute but to be honest, I hadn't heard of them before reading about them as a sponsor for Allume. So you are probably wondering where I am going with this ......

Freeset

All the bags produced for the next quarter were on that plane that crashed ($150,000 worth). Which means they can't be sold online, at conferences, in stores and so on. Which means no money comes in for supplies for the next batch of bags. Which means women without jobs. And I don't know about you....but my heart breaks thinking about it. So often it seems like there is no way to stop these tragedies or to make a difference. But today I did. And you can too.

There is a way to buy a bag to keep these women working. But not just any bag. One that was burned up in that plane crash. That we could use such a sad event to support our sisters across the world literally brings joy to my heart.

You can read more details here.

If you are in a place where you can make a difference - join me in buying a $25 bag to support Freeset. Six thousand dollars has been contributed so far. Even better, buy a destroyed bag and one from their website to continue their good works. Today I choose to take the opportunity to give hope to an organization and to women that need the opportunity this country gives me. Today I choose to show love....and give hope.

No matter if you can support Freeset or not, join me in praying for these families that lost their loved ones. I'm not paid or asked to write about any of this. But when I could barely tell Andy about it without crying, I knew that I needed to share this. That your heart might be touched too. And maybe you too will feel like you can touch a life - even in the small things like buying a bag you'll never carry.