Giving Tuesday: A Day to Give Back to Your Community

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Today is a very special day for us and charities, families and communities around the world. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back to our communities, charities and businesses.  Children, students and adults can all come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

You can give in any way you want. To one particular missionary, or a global charity, like The Red Cross. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then, tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of our Each One Reach One campaign. While it will not change the whole world, it will sure change the life of ONE child at a time.

If you’re interested, send a tax deductible check to Chicks for Children Foundation at P.O. Box 10753 in Conway, AR 72034 or donate right here at our website: www.chicksforchildren.org. Any amount of money is accepted.

Thank you for being a part of Giving Tuesday. Your contribution is truly life-changing for kids across the globe!

Chick-fil-A Foundation’s 2015 True Inspiration Award Winner

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Dr. Mark Cooper pictured with Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of Chick-fil-A Foundation, and Franchised Operator Alan Kizer

 

About the True Inspiration Awards

We are so honored to be one of the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s 2015 True Inspiration Award Winners.  25 organizations were nominated by Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators and community foundations from across the nation for their support of youth and giving back to their communities. Chicks for Children was nominated in the Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator Choice category for our dedication to eliminating the devastating consequences of local and global poverty characterized by illiteracy, hopelessness and social isolationWe were presented with our True Inspiration Award Friday, September 4th in Atlanta, Georgia at the fabulous Fox Theatre.

About the Award Design

The Award statue was created by Society Awards and was designed to reflect “The Flame Within.”  Chick-fil-A’s goal is to ignite the flame of goodwill, philanthropy and service in all who receive the award and those who are impacted by the work of Chicks for Children.  Our flame and desire to help others will continue to burn for years to come.  Thank you for all your efforts in helping us achieve this honor.

Thank You!

A big thank you to you for helping Chicks for Children get selected as one of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards Winners.  We were honored for the work we do to inspire children in the community helping them to be the best versions of themselves.  Since we couldn’t do it alone, we wanted to share this award with you and thank you for your continued work helping Chicks for Children make a difference as we help build the next generation of leaders.

A Love Letter From God

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Yes, it is a letter written by one of my dear friends from the Kipsongo Slum who lives in the new Seeds Children’s Home. Yet, it feels like a love letter from God. God is so gracious to allow me to have such a relationship with Beryl. I just had to share this special relationship with you. The handwritten letter was surrounded by beautifully colored flowers and a hand drawn picture of the Holy Bible.

Dear Professor Mark,

Hello! How are you? I have really missed you so much. I hope you will come soon. We are doing good with Jimmy in Kenya.

I hope you are doing good in America. I pray to God to continue providing for you and also, do not stop spreading His word because He is the one who gives you life and free oxygen to breath. Greet your family. I hope your beloved daughter she is doing good. Tell her that I love her so much even if she does not know me. We are doing good and I always work hard in school to fulfill my dream. Please if you remember me always and always read in the book of Philipians 4:8.

Your lovely friend,

 Beryl

Of course, I could keep such a letter to myself. But isn’t that like keeping such illuminating Light in the shadows? Jesus called us into relationships. How in God’s name can we grow in our relationships with our dear friends from the Kipsongo Slum in Kitale, Kenya if we fail to recognize the reciprocal nature of our relationships? To give affirmation, affection, acceptance, attention, and appreciation (5 A’s) unto others is necessary but not sufficient. It is good for us to be the recipients of the 5 A’s from others. To give and to receive is integral to God-given and God-driven relationships.

Just imagine the pleasure I “received” from Beryl’s letter. Now, imagine the pleasure Beryl receives from my letter to her. OMG! I’ve seen what they do with letters. They treat them like treasures! How cool is that? Of course, they are treasures to me, as well. 

P.S. Now imagine, the many mighty acorn sponsors (www.mightyacorn.org) as well as sponsors through other organizations having such communication with our kids from the Kipsongo Slum. It is a blessing to all and from all!