Hi everybody! I wanted to post a little recap of the year for us here in 2009… We had such an amazing year with even more amazing and wonderful clients! We feel so blessed to have worked with so many special and loving people throughout the year and 2010 looks just as awesome with some really amazing clients and cool weddings on the way..
One of the most amazing things that we feel so blessed to be apart of was the overwhelming support of our new philanthropic campaign. Earlier this last year we launched a new campaign where we donate a portion of each wedding package on behalf of our clients back to a charity of their choice that they felt particularly close to.
Our vision was to give 10% of every package we book back to people in need and the turn out was so amazing that we actually superseded that !! Here is a list of the charities we worked with and supported throughout the year..
We thank God so much for providing all our clients who made this dream and vision become a reality. By the grace of God we accomplished some pretty awesome things and made the world just a little bit better for a few more people.. Here is a little recap of the gifts and blessings given to other people throughout the year:
We sponsored 7 kids in 3rd world countries to receive surgery for fixing cleft palates and cleft lip and gave them new smiles and happy faces (Operation Smile)
Education for 15 children for 1 year (World Vision)
$1350 for the Horn of Africa food crisis, providing the basic necessities of life (WV and Compassion)
8 chickens – Chickens are easy to raise, and will naturally multiply to impact generations of children. Each family that receives chickens is asked to give back hatched chicks to help another family in need. Chicks require little money, space, or food to thrive and grow — making them an ideal business venture for a single mom or vulnerable family. (WV)
4 goats -Goats nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt. Goats also give a much-needed income boost by providing offspring and extra dairy products for sale at the market. (WV)
$1900 worth of clothing for kids who are without proper clothing, providing warm jackets for kids in high altitudes and cold climates.. (WV)
$500 to help reach young at risk teens in orange county, ca and provide them with a loving, safe environment to grow up in. (Hill of Hope)
1 dairy cow- provides some 120,000 glasses of milk in its lifetime to one village, and extra dairy products for sale at the local market. (WV)
safety/protection and hope for sexually exploited girls in 3rd world nations. (WV)
2 sheep for wool and money provided by local markets by selling of products. (WV)
providing shoes to kids who are without to prevent soil borne parasites from entering the body (TOMS)
Sponsored 4 kids through world vision for one year providing them with shelter, food, clothing, security and education:
Collins Limua, Nairobi, Kenya age 4, Elisee Kainda Manyonga: Dem Republic of Congo Age 4, Mesay Mamo : Ethiopia, Age 6, Etania Richard: Haiti, Age 5
And to top off all this wonderful stuff..We had enough of our clients to donate their portion to Living Water Int that we raised enough money to sponsor the construction of a brand new water well in Honduras providing clean drinking water to hundreds if not thousands of people who were previously without before!!!! We are so excited because Kristin and I are actually getting to participate in this trip next March to see the well be brought to life. We are thrilled because we will be able to document the actual people benefited by all the contributions and bring back all the photos for you to enjoy! I went to Honduras twice earlier in the year so if your curious to see the photos and what the process is like please feel free to check out those blog posts.. Honduras trip 1 Honduras trip 2
We are just so over whelmed by all the love and the events fof this year and are so excited to see what God has in store for us next year! So again a HUGE special thanks to all of our clients for helping make this dream come to life and we cant wait to see how to impact the world with all your help in 2010!! Heres to a great 2009 and an even greater 2010!! We love you all and God Bless!!