Cards for a Cause

I’ve blogged a lot about my story.  My story though, is not uncommon.  It is a silent killer that is directly responsible for the deaths of 3 women every day on average.  One in eight women will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetimes and women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.  Even more upsetting is the fact that over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year. Those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally.  These statistics are sad and overwhelming, but help IS out there for those that choose to break the silence.

One such place that people can turn to for help is the Bradley Angle House.  With a 1k donation, 24 families can begin the road to recovery from this silent (yet devastating) way of life.  Will you help me help others?  Remember:

I firmly believe that with hope, ANYTHING is possible…including recovery.  I am living proof of that.  My life at the moment is still plagued with stress, turmoil and difficulty, but I am safe and I am happy.  Because of this, my children are now thriving in ways I never knew they could.  One of my favorite scriptures on hope is Lamentations 3:24 that says “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.”  Let us also not forget Psalms 71:14 that says “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more.”

I haven’t always had the hope that I now do and I know there are other women in my community where I was years ago…hopeless, or feeling like it anyway.  I feel an intensely burning desire to pay all the love and kindness I have received forward.  I want to do my part to help these women find something to hope in or something to hope for.  I believe that while we are anxiously engaged in serving one another, we ultimately then serve God.  He has asked us to be His hands has He not?

I am hosting a Royal Purple Freedom Hop on June 10th.  I have a line-up full of some incredible talent, many of whom have experienced Domestic Violence themselves.  The grand prize for this hop will be a gift basket valued at well over $100.  Some of the sponsors include Robert’s Crafts, Cutter’s Creek, My Creative Time, and generaous donations from hop participants.  More sponsors will likely come on board as well.  As of right now today, gift basket items include a set of My Creative Time stamps, a huge package of 8.5 x 11 card stock, Tim Holtz embossing folders, at least 4 BRAND NEW Cricut Cartridges, some candles and bubble bath, a relaxing CD…I think you get the idea!!!!!

Want some of that stuff?  Want all of that stuff?  Then help me give the gift of hope.  Send a card, with purple as the main color (like in my example above) and a hand-written note to a woman in need on the inside.  Every person who sends a card gets one entry into the basket drawing.  But wait there’s more….receive additional entries for each dollar donation you make to the Bradley Angle House.  Send a card with a $100 donation and receive ONE HUNDRED entries into the gift basket drawing.  Trust me…you DO NOT want to miss out on your chance to win this basket.  Maybe I’ll post a sneak peek of the basket once I get all the sponsor contributions in!!!

All cards must be postmarked by June 30th for inclusion in the drawing and can be sent to:

Royal Purple Freedom Blog Hop

c/o Vicki Smith

P.O. Box 1496

Millbrook, NY 12545

 

Together we can really make a difference.  To date I’ve averaged more than 1k views of my site  each month…if each of these people gave just $1 we could give 24 families the opportunity to begin the road to recovery.  I hope you’ll help.

I will post a recipe and card details in a separate post.

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12 thoughts on “Cards for a Cause

  1. Great Card Faith, I have two done and am making more. I am praying the God will bless this hop and over flow it with His grace. Thanks for letting me be apart of it.

  2. Definitely will be making a card to help you with your fight against DV…thanks for sharing your story with us and continue to inspire us as well…may God bless you according to his riches! 🙂

  3. Faith you card is as beautiful as is your story. It so good to hear about your success and that you have peace. I appreciate that you share your Christian faith and the trust you have in God. God IS our rock.
    I am enjoying creating with purple. It grabs my heart to let the women know that they and their stories ARE important.

  4. Having suffered myself I can really appreciate your story. Thank you for sharing. I will be making a card for this very worthy cause.

    God Bless

    Linda 🙂

  5. I am gonna try and make a card. I am not very good at it, but I will try and hopefully it will may be helpful to someone. 🙂

  6. I too have suffered domestic abuse,I was very young at the time and very scared, and embarrassed to let anyone know.I am sure these poor women have felt all of those things and more. It is very important to let them know that they can get out,and put their life back together. I will gladly send a card for this very important cause!

    • Dina this is EXACTLY why I’m doing this! Exactly what you said…because victims are often too embarrassed or scared or whatever to disclose their abuse until LONG LONG after they leave…sometimes not even then. It’s a silent but very deadly condition that makes a huge impact on way more people than it should. I hung onto hope in some VERY insane places when I first got out…some good, some not so good…I would have given ANYTHING to hear from someone who had gotten out made their lives great after the fact. I often felt so alone and unimportant…oh yes and judged. I hope these women will take great comfort and strength in knowing that people they don’t know and won’t ever meet love them and are praying for them and wanting to help keep then encouraged.

  7. I know all to well what it is like to be in your shoes, I just got out 2 1/2 years ago from a 3 year abusive marriage. It isn’t easy to ask for help and you feel like you failed your marriage, but through God I found the strength to get out and protect my daughter from becoming abused. I am still very much in the whole process of stuff, but have said that if my story could help one woman to get out, then it would have had a purpose. I will try my hardest to get a card made and sent, I am still fighting for my daughter’s saftey and that right know takes most of my time and thoughts. Thanks for doing this for a great cause!!!

      • Thanks!! We could really use the prayers right now, the court has been on his side, but i know I have God on mine!! I have a few questions about the cards am I supposed to put my name on it or how will you know who sent cards??

    • I emailed you these answers but yes, you can of COURSE send more than just $1. Every dollar gets you an EXTRA entry into the big priz basket giveaways and brings us one step closer to our goal. Also, you of course send a check. Just make it payable to Bradley Angle. Hope this helps!

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