Weddings and Marriages!

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These videos and stories are inspiring for our teenagers to watch, as they think about getting married…

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Bride and groom feed refugees for their wedding dinner

“A Turkish bride and groom decided to share their joy on their wedding day by inviting 4,000 Syrian refugees to eat with them and celebrate in the southern Turkish city of Kilis.

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, who got married in the province which is near the Syrian border last week, invited some of those refugees who have fled the country since the civil war which began four years ago.”

Read the full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11783353/Meet-the-Turkish-couple-who-spent-their-wedding-day-feeding-4000-Syrian-refugees.html

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Couple cancels traditional wedding to fundraise for Syrian refugees

“We realized as we planned for our wedding that the average cost of a wedding is almost the same amount as the average cost of sponsoring a family of four,” says Jackson, a PhD student studying refugee health care policy who has been involved with the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge since July. “Seeing how far donations go and seeing how much the money fundraised really means to people who are going through the program both as sponsors and people being sponsored…it just seemed logical that we would switch gears and make our wedding a fundraiser instead.”

Read the full story here: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/couple-cancels-traditional-wedding-to-fundraise-for-syrian-refugees-194422522.html

What a great start to their lives together 🙂

Blessing Bag

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I love, love, love this idea! We always struggle with what to do when we see someone on the streets – we don’t always want to give money because we don’t know what they will do with it, and food is also tricky…but this is perfect!

“This is what me and my daughter have started doing….We are keeping a “Blessing bag” in our car in case we find someone in need. You can make these up with items from the Dollar Tree such as gloves, thermal socks, beef sticks, crackers, candy bars, toothpaste, toothbrush, wipes, deodorant, snacks and other items that may help someone who is homeless or in a bad way. It is just a thoughtful, inspiring thing to do. This is something we are going to start doing from now on. Thank you to the ones that did this long before us, for being such a giving, loving, caring person! Random acts of kindness take very little to change the life of just one person.”

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Photo Courtesy of Amy verder

Fundraising Idea 23: Sponsored Sleep without a Blanket

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Here’s another one to add to the fundraising with children list… as I’m sure you’ll agree, it is very much needed at the moment. The idea is: Sleep Without A Blanket – not only will this give children a tiny glimpse into what it is like to be a child sleeping without a blanket in the winter, but also raise awareness of the struggles that other children are facing at the moment.

Here is one example of someone doing this challenge, although I know there are many out there. Do donate if you can!

https://www.justgiving.com/Sakinah-sumar/

“My name is Sakinah Sumar and I am 5 years old. Me, mummy and pappa will be sleeping without a blanket for one night to remember the Syrian people who have to do this every night. They are facing a really cold winter and need blankets to keep them warm and alive. Please sponsor me so that the money can be used to buy them the blankets they desperately need.”

And here are some oh-so-cute letters written by other children taking part!
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8 year old spends birthday party leaving coats out for the homeless

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Just WOW. The lessons being learnt!

“How did you spend your eighth birthday? The day likely didn’t involve leaving winter coats out for the homeless to protect themselves against the cold weather. CBC reports Tara Smith-Atkins, a resident of Nova Scotia mobilized her daughter and young friends to do just that.

Smith-Atkins requested donations from her local community of the course of a few weeks. Then, for her daughter’s birthday, she took a party of parents and kids to Halifax where they wrapped coats around lamp poles, street signs and trees.”

http://www.pixable.com/article/kids-leave-warm-coats-out-for-homeless-65547?t_cat=220&utm_medium=partner&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=huffpo

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