The easiest thing to do when you look at the overwhelming need in the world is go numb. Block it out. Because how do you decide who to give to, what to give to, what organizations are doing a good job managing their finances, etc.
I’ve been in that place of overwhelm and understand how it stops you in your tracks. You turn your back on the need because it’s not clear what to do.
At the same time, we want to feel purposeful. We wonder what we’re meant to be doing while we’re here. We think about it in broad, sweeping strokes of change and then get paralyzed again because our ideas are too big.
We want the “easy button” path to change.
I knew a family that went to Ethiopia for a year and one story stood out to me more than the rest. One day the mom of this family was walking home and was stunned by the sheer number of street kids that she had to pass. It made her want to tune out because how in the world could she ever make a difference. After wrestling with thoughts of how to help and what difference would it make, she realized that she had to help the ones that crossed her path. There was no way to fight the overwhelm of trying to help all of them.
She had to focus on one at a time.
Giving back to the world happens one person at a time.
Instead of letting yourself stay stuck in the overwhelm or paralyzing yourself with grand ideas of change, what if you got laser-focused on one person. One need. The one who crosses your path.
One thing we do as a family is sponsor two children through Compassion International. When you look at the numbers of needy children in the world, two children doesn’t seem like enough. But if I was in that mother’s situation and my child had a sponsor, it would mean the entire world to me.
And that is the ticket to changing your perspective.
You have to see through the eyes of the person you are helping.
Your seemingly small donation matters.
To that one person, it matters a whole heck of a lot.
My daughter had a bad habit of screaming once we got to the check out register. She was happy as could be as we were strolling along, but for some reason the line to check out bugged her.
I knew this.
And yet I still took her to Aldi. If you’ve never been to Aldi, this grocery store trip doesn’t end at the checkout line. You still have to bag your own items. She started screaming in the checkout line, I got frazzled. As I was trying to calm her and pack my bags at the same time, this lovely little woman came over to me and started helping me. She said I could tend to my baby while she packed my bags.
That is not a world changing story in any sense, in fact many of you can probably relate. But in that moment, I was in desperate need and she came to my rescue.
It mattered to me.
We are a company that gives back.
It’s always been important to me and I knew it would be part of the subscription boxes.
But I wanted it to be tangible, to make it easy for you to picture who you are helping.
Then I started to think about what was crossing my path. That’s how I chose the organization.
The Stitch Joy Subscription boxes are going to equal shoes!
Sole Hope is an organization working in Uganda to offer “hope, healthier lives, & freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief.”
Here’s how it will work!
I’m so excited you guys!! Shoe donations are so much more than just a pair of shoes. Find out more about the difference Sole Hope is making in the world.
As we spread joy through stitching here, we are spreading joy through Uganda with shoes!
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