Friday, April 11, 2008

*Idol Gives Back


* I always enjoy watching TV shows like Extreme Home Makeover and Oprah's Big Give. Shows that we can watch as a family with messages that inspire us to do & give more! No matter how grim our situations may be we live like Kings & Queens to MOST PEOPLE living in this world. The other night watching American Idol Gives Back, I cried when they showed the little children in Africa, especially the little girl with malaria & the family of 4 young brothers whos parents both died. Didn't it break your heart? It made me think of our little friend Tening in Senegal, Africa who receives assistance from us each month. We do this through World Vision who provides her family and others in her village with mosquito netting, clean water, education, immunizations and other medical needs. She occasionally will send us pictures she drew with Thank You notes and we correspond. I know there are many other good programs out there who all provide similar things. Donating this way just makes it all more personal for us. What we love is the teaching opportunity this provides us with our children. The kids are supposed to say "Sorry Tening" as they throw away extra food that they wasted at mealtime...I'm usually saying something like: "Tening would've loved to eat that!" Hopefully this is teaching them how blessed we really are and more importantly how necessary it is for us to help others...even if it's just one person!
*Click on this link too! The CARE FOR LIFE  Organization is also a great one! It was actually created by my Dad's business partner of many years Blair (& Cindy) Packard here in Gilbert. They are currently serving there in Africa on a mission.

7 comments:

Heather Jeppsen said...

I watched last year and my husband made fun of me cause I just always have to give. I'm such a sucker for helping and I didn't just want to sit there and watch and not give. I fogot it was on this week and I was at a photo class. Dang.

TIFFANY & CO. said...

GREAT show with a GREAT cause!

A day in the life of the Campbell's said...

I cried at the same part. I just worry about some of those organizations that the people who really need it don't get it, that it goes into the wrong pockets..but that is nice that you have a girl you help out. You have such a big heart!

Life Is Beautiful said...

I just did a post on this too!!!! How funny! ANyway, I agree, it was an amazing show and quite the tear jerker. Great post, I didn't know Annie's dad and your dad were business partners...what a small world! It is so true though...we are so blessed in GIlbert and we have it so good, it makes me think of all we take for granted, sooo sad.

Tia said...

loved the show i cried too! I miss you!!

alison said...

I am always completely grateful after watching things like that. How hard and devestating for that poor family, we are so lucky and worry about such trivial things everyday and there are millions of people parentless and just trying to keep themselves alive with the scraps they can find, it is awful. Ok David Archelta is singing right now, and I LOVE HIM! He is so incredibly talented, I hope he will win!

Jeni Everett said...

That is awesome. Way to go!