One evening our family was sitting around the TV and our 4 year old looked at the TV and said, "Why is that boy sleeping in the road?" It was a show on homeless and hungry children in Africa. We started explaining how some children do not have homes, or beds, or even food. If you could have seen her eyes, she was shocked, I could just read her mind, "How is this possible? How are there children without families, without homes, without toys, or beds or FOOD!" She did not say a lot more that night about it, but two weeks later while we were driving in the car she said, "Mom, I think I want to give that boy from Africa my bed, and I will just sleep with Olivia." I wanted to cry. What a sweet girl... to think about this boy, and to want to do what ever she thought possible to help him.... After that, we came up with the idea of starting a program called Live With Grace. It is a program designed to help our children learn about how fortunate we are to live the lives we have. It is a way for us to teach them about being grateful and giving. It is a fun way for us to all become more aware of the situation in the world around us and even in our community.
We came up with the name Live With Grace from our beautiful girls. Olivia, who is almost three, we often call her "Liv" and our daughter Ava Grace who just turned five. Through Live with Grace, we are going to raise money, clothes, toys, etc. for those less fortunate than we are. Through this program we hope to become closer as a family, learn about the world around us, spread the importance of being grateful, and find the joy in giving.
We would like to invite you to participate with us in Live With Grace. Talk to your children about the world around them, teach them about how to give to others, involve their friends, their school, their cousins. Allow your children to realize the difference that one child can make in this world. We have Live With Grace jars that are available for you to collect money in with your children, you can use them for what ever charity or cause is important to your family.
Here is our Live With Grace mission statement:
Our Lives are so blessed; we have family to love us and keep us safe, homes to rest our heads, food to fill our tummies, clothes to keep us warm, friends to play with, and toys to entertain us. There are children all over the world and even in our own neighborhood who are not nearly as lucky as we are. By living with grace, we are going to try to make a difference. We want to help other children, one penny, one prayer, one T-Shirt, one toy at a time. We hope you join us in helping to change the world. Help us learn what it is to Live With Grace! Thank you, Olivia (Liv) and Ava Grace.
If you and your family are interested in more information about Live with Grace, or if you would like to have a Live With Grace collection jar for your house, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please leave any comments, suggestions or questions you may have. I would love to hear from you.