Change for Life Campaign
Baby bottle banks were distributed to interested families and individuals, and all funds collected directly benefitted the clients of a crisis pregnancy center in our area.
This center is dedicated to preserving life by preventing abortion and promoting personal integrity among young women and couples. All services are free and confidential, and include: pregnancy tests; peer counseling; information on the risks and alternatives to abortion; limited obstetrical ultrasound; prenatal care; infant and maternity clothing; and post-abortion support.
Participants were asked to take a baby bottle home, fill it with currency or coins, or insert a check and return it to the church. All funds raised through Change for Life directly supported the center’s mission of saving lives from abortion.
“For YOU created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
Feed One & Help One
One of our volunteers works in a residential treatment facility serving severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents from a large urban area. The students are housed in an Intensive Treatment Facility restricted from community contact. Most have been abused and/or abandoned by family members. Having lived in poverty all their life, most have now become wards of the County. The holidays are particularly difficult for these students, who typically have little hope and low expectations for future placements.
While attending a Women’s Retreat in Canada, this volunteer had the opportunity to visit a local art show and met Janet Wilson, the writer/illustrator of an award-winning children’s book, One Peace, Stories of Child Activists. This artist had traveled the world interviewing and speaking to young people living under extraordinarily devastating circumstances. Her book and her paintings chronicle these youths’ experiences and their decisions to live one life for peace in the midst of atrocious human conditions. Our volunteer thought the theme of their stories – the power of one to make a change – could inspire my students. She used the book to introduce them to the idea of working for peace in the midst of their own trying circumstances by simply working their behavior program and reaching their classroom goals each morning. Since they are restricted from going out to the community, we had to bring the community to them via one-dollar-a-day sponsorships. A few generous individuals pledged support funds, and with a few hundred dollars in pledge donations, this little project was underway. The money students earned was used to purchase supplies for Care Kits to be sent to Haitian earthquake victims. Students packed the Care Kits according to the shipping agents’ directions, and we sent 25 kits containing toothpaste & toothbrush, soap, soapdish, washcloth and towel. Another group of students decided to donate their earnings to the local Cleveland City Mission, because they had either know someone who had been helped there, are had been helped themselves.
If they are to have any success in the future, these students must see that they do have significance, they can make a difference; their lives matter. They also need opportunities to understand that it’s not “all about them,” and to experience the joy that results from helping others. We hope the modest success of this little project inspires other teachers to involve their students in similar projects, perhaps even sponsoring a student through Champion a Child.
The start-up of Many Seeds Ministries [MSM], here in the Cleveland area, afforded a convenient conduit for funds to support this project. Though this was a very small project, we believe it made a difference in the lives of some of our students, and they were able to experience the satisfaction in helping others.