I thought maybe 50 people would buy shirts.
Maybe 100 at the most.
I had no idea what God had planned for this fundraiser.
My Passion Into Action blog post was shared more time than any other post I've ever written, and it was viewed over 6,800 times. I cannot begin to express how amazed I was at the excitement behind our this fundraiser and this campaign! This fundraiser was part of the larger Forget the Frock movement that encourages people to wear something that really matters to church on Easter Sunday. I chose five incredible charitable organizations as possible recipients of the funds raised, and for each t-shirt purchased or donation made, a vote could be placed one of those five organizations: Love Without Boundaries, International Justice Mission, Charity Water, Wishes For Our Heroes, and Village of Hope.
Are you ready to find out the results of the Passion Into Action campaign?
FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FOUR SHIRTS WERE PURCHASED!
FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY DOLLARS WERE DONATED!
FOUR THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED, FIFTY DOLLARS WAS DONATED TO THE WINNING CHARITY!!!
And as for the winning charitable organization....drum roll please.....
The Passion Into Action 2014 winner is LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with 240 out of 434 votes (55%)!!!
Other results are as follows:
International Justice Mission: 63 votes (14%)
Charity Water: 35 votes (8%)
Wishes For Our Heroes: 31 votes (7%)
Village of Hope: 66 votes (15%)
As a reminder, Love Without Boundaries began in 2003 after a group of adoptive parents came together to help save the life of one tiny boy in China. LWB provides humanitarian aid to orphans and impoverished children in China through education, foster care, healing homes (homes for orphans with serious medical issues), medical attention (hospitalizations and surgical procedures), nutrition, and orphanage assistance. Check out a video HERE.
Here is a breakdown of how the funds were used:
Total Money Collected (donations and t-shirts): $8,213.00
PayPal Fees (for t-shirt transactions): $277.11
Cost of T-shirts: $3,160.30
Cost of Shipping Bags/Labels: $52.74
Cost of Shipping: $372.85
TOTAL AMOUNT DONATED: $4,350
Now comes the exciting part. I was able to spend Friday night making donation after donation to Love Without Boundaries. In fact, I made so many large donations that my bank shut down my debit card for fear that a security breach had taken place. No kidding! I had to call costumer service after 9:00 p.m. to ask them to turn my debit card back on so I could finish the donations. Because you all decided to participate and bought t-shirts to wear on Easter Sunday, participants of the Passion Into Action campaign are helping NINE different children served by Love Without Boundaries. Keep reading for details and pictures of each child. Descriptions are provided by LWB.
Wanda: Medical Treatment (Guangxi Province)
Amount Donated: $510
Sweet Wanda has a blood disorder called Thalassemia, a condition in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. When she starts feeling fatigued and short of breath, Wanda needs to be admitted to the hospital for a blood transfusion. After her treatment, she starts feeling much better but is needing transfusions every two months or so. Wanda will now receive six months of treatments thanks to this fundraiser and other donors who covered the first $1,000 needed.
Carlos: Healing Home (Shanxi Province)
Amount Donated: $600
Carlos was born with a unilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. He was also born with congenital syphilis but was successfully treated as soon as he came to LWB's Starbridge Healing Home. Carlos has needed extra care and specailized feeding by the healing home nannies in preparation for his cleft surgery, anticipated to be done at LWB's upcoming Cleft Exchange in April. Sponsors will receive monthly updates and photos of this tiny baby boy. Sponsorships are $50 per month, and our fundraiser is providing one full year of sponsorship for sweet Carlos!
Celeste: Healing Home (Fujian Province)
Amount Donated: $600
Baby Celeste joined us at Heartbridge in January of 2014. At 11 months old, she weighed only 4.7 kg (just over 10 pounds). Celeste had just been through heart surgery, and once she is strong enough she will also need surgery for megacolon. At this point Celeste does not feed well, so her nannies are doing their best with frequent, small feedings. Hopefully the rest of Celeste will grow to match those big beautiful eyes in a hurry! Sponsors will receive monthly updates and photos of this tiny baby girl. Sponsorships are $50 per month, and our fundraiser is providing one full year of sponsorship for sweet Celeste!
Amanda: Healing Home (Anhui Province)
Amount Donated: $600
Amber is almost 3 months old and weighs just over 7 pounds. She was born with an intestinal obstruction and congenital syphilis. She has received surgery on her intestinal obstruction and has been successfully treated for syphilis. She needs some extra care as she recovers from her surgery before transferring to foster care. Sponsorships are $50 per month, and our fundraiser is providing one full year of sponsorship for sweet Amanda!
Gideon): Foster Home (Anhui Province)
Amount Donated: $480
Gideon is five-month old. He was born prematurely and only weighed 1 kg. He is doing well now and loves to be held and talked to. He will "talk" to you and smile happily. He likes a quiet environment and gets fussy if there are too many people around. Gideon has spent several months in a Healing Home and is now due to return to his hometown and enter of foster care program. Each sponsor will receive a monthly report and photos of this gorgeous little boy. Our fundraiser is helping to support Gideon's foster care placement for a full year!
Amount Donated: $480
6 month old Rob has just been discharged from our Anhui Healing Home back to his hometown of Huainan where he has entered our foster care program. Rob is described as cute and active. He loves to babble and giggle. We are looking forward to seeing him settle with his new family over the next few months. Each sponsor will receive a monthly report and photos of this gorgeous little boy. Our fundraiser is helping to support Gideon's foster care placement for a full year!
Meng Ting: Secondary Education (Anhui Province)
Amount Donated: $240
This beautiful young lady, Meng Ting, is a high school student in LWB's Anhui Secondary and Higher Education Program. Meng Ting in currently in her second year of high school and is working hard to try to make a difference in her family’s lives. Meng Ting had surgery when she was young to correct a condition that causes her to have severe headaches. Her mother and father also having ongoing health problems that require daily medicines. Despite these difficulties Meng Ting’s parents get up early each day to work on a relative’s farm just to earn enough money to pay for day-to-day essentials. Life is hard, and little money is left to pay for their daughter’s tuition. Meng Ting is so grateful to be given the opportunity to remain in school and to work toward a brighter future. Sponsors will receive quarterly photographs and updates on this incredible young lady’s progress and will make a difference not only in her life but also in the lives of her hard-working parents. Our fundraiser has helped fund Meng Ting's education for a full year!
Harley: Education (Guangdong Province)
Amount Donated: $400
Harley is a cute three year old in LWB's Believe in Me Shaoguan School. He has a cleft lip & palate that we hope will be repaired soon. Harley attends our pre-school class in the Believe in Me Shaoguan School, Sponsors will receive quarterly reports on Harley, along with access to many new photos of him & his peers! Our fundraiser is helping to fund his education for more than a year!
Adoption Assistance GrantOne of the basic beliefs at LWB is that every child deserves a family to call his or her very own. We have helped over a dozen children find their forever families with our adoption assistance grants.
Amount Donated: $440
Amount Donated: $440
LWB's adoption assistance grants are offered to children in China's waiting children program to help make their dreams of a loving family a reality. These grants are offered as funding allows. It is our hope that an adoption assistance grant will give a child that little boost needed to be chosen by a loving family. Our fundraiser is helping to begin a brand new adoption assistance grant! Here are three children who are waiting for their forever families and who currently have grants toward their adoptions.
David: $3,000 LWB Grant Available
Luke: $3,000 LWB Grant Available
Victor: $2,245 LWB Grant Available plus $4,000 Reece's Rainbow Grant
For all of you who participated in this Passion Into Action campaign, I hope you are more than excited about how much money you helped raise and how many children are being impacted by this fundraiser. A good idea is only as good as the people who support it! I can't thank you enough for helping making this fundraiser more than I ever could have hoped. I want to thank my husband, Ryan, for helping double check every single order and for taking HUGE boxes filled with ready-to-ship packages to the post office. I also want to thank some of my very best friends, Dalia, Claire, Kerri, Lisa, Beckie, and Christy for helping me sort through all 434 shirts, package them, check and double check, and finally weigh, seal, and print shipping labels for all packages. My precious "twins," Liam and Tucker, rode around with me for over two hours while I dropped off local orders. I couldn't have done this without all of you!!Please take pictures of your family wearing your shirts this Easter and share them on social media with a link to this blog post and use the hashtags #forgetthefrock and #changestartswithone. I can't wait until Easter 2015 to do this all over again!