Christmas Project 2013

Many of you were a part of our 2012 Family Christmas project, where we raised money to build a well in a remote village in Nigeria for my friend’s Amanda and Barnabas’ family. It was AN AMAZING experience to be a part. We all raised over $3,000 in less than 45 days and then got to see the well being built and being used to this day! It.was.awesome.

And again, this year, my family is continuing our new tradition! Instead of giving gifts to each other (the adults), my family will raise funds for a specific cause – to help change the life of someone in a more meaningful way. We got tired of giving the target gift cards and the sweaters and the chocolate delicacies. Now, I know there is a place for those and I love my Target…don’t get me wrong. We just want to direct our attention and money to something other than ourselves. We felt a more urgent need to share love with those in a tangible way.

THIS YEAR, my lovely sister, April and her family chose the project and they have chosen something that is dear to their hearts. As many of you know, April and her husband Justin are stationed in Okinawa, Japan through the military. This is their 2nd tour in Japan and absolutely love living there. While in Japan, they have joined a great church and through the church have supported an orphanage in the Philippines. Gentle Hands, Inc. is a child and youth welfare agency on the front lines of rescue and rehabilitation of the medical, social and educational needs of at-risk children and youth in the Philippines. They work towards improving human community life through the love of Jesus and family centered care.

April’s family church has been a great part of them getting to know Gentles Hands. They have had quite a few families that have adopted from them, but also have many families who have gone on missions trips to help them in times of need. Our family will be donating the money that we would spend on gifts for each other to the orphanage, specifically trying to help them purchase a van to transport the children.

If you’d like to join us, it is easier this year, you can click on the link below and donate directly to their organization. I won’t be harassing all of you like I did last year, but some of you had asked so I wanted to share what we will be doing as a family! If you donate, please make a note on the donation page that it is for the “Zweigle Family Christmas Project” and we will be able to track the progress!

Donate here!

Hope you are all enjoying the advent season and soaking in the love of your families!


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