Round-Up Wednesday (September 9, 2015)
Anybody else feel like week we’ve seen the power of HOPE? We’ve seen thousands open their door to refuges offering the promise of hope in a new country. We’ve seen a Syrian father whose image of him selling pens touched hearts world wide. And countless other stories that gave us all the feels.
I think that one of the reasons why we’re so touched by stories of hope is because they are always about the future. They remind us that things aren’t
If anybody could use the power of hope it’s critically ill children. The Red Fred Project offers just that. Critically children get the opportunity to become an author and create something that’s not focused on their illness and the struggles they’ve had to overcome. Their wisdom, humor, and and compassion remind all of us to be grateful for the small things we have in life—good health, ability to run or walk, or, even the promise of a long life. If you’d like to purchase a Red Fred Project book, you can do so HERE. Eventually the goal is to create 50 stories—one from each state. If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can do so HERE.
When school children in Hartford, Connecticut showed up for class on their first day they were in for a surprise: over 100 well-dressed black men lining the walks and offering encouragement and high-fives through a new campaign called “Calling All Brothers.” The purpose of the campaign is to show these children that just because they grow up in an underprivileged area it doesn’t mean they can’t achieve their dreams and be successful. These men in suits proved that the there are men in the black community doing incredible things. That not all black men are thugs or deadbeats-a refreshing image from what is often portrayed. I hope Calling All Brothers is a movement that continues to grow.
We work with Foster care and know how Foster parents are truly unsung heroes in so many children’s lives. Richard and Paula Charlebois are just one of many heroes who have open their home to 35 children—many who suffered from sever behavioral issues, cognitive delays and fetal alcohol syndrome. By opening their home to so many, the Charlebois have allowed these children a place where they can fell loved and part of a family. If you’re interested in opening your home and being part of Foster care check out the options available in your area. If you live in Utah and are interested in Foster care, check out Utah Youth Village