Spending Spree for Refugees

How often have you said, “I am poor”? I hear people say this phrase all the time. We use the words poor, broke, starving, and so-on quite carelessly, but how often do we think of what those words really mean. Yes, often we find ourselves living paycheck to paycheck, but look around you. Are you really poor? How often do you grab a coffee in the morning, pizza or fast food when you are running late, or random things when you go to the grocery store? Most of us have cellphones with data plans, cable TV with DVR, and decent furniture. The fact is, we live in a society that tells us we need more. What we have is never enough and we always need more. We find ourselves throwing our year-owned purchases in the garage sale, the goodwill pile, or the trash, just so we can buy something new.

I wouldn’t use this to describe the poor or the hungry. Scentsy is challenging its consultants to spend twenty dollars on a refugee owned business to help support those who have lost everything. I can’t begin to know what it is truly like to be poor, let alone persecuted. It is so easy to take advantage of the great things around us and think that we are entitled to happiness that comes from things that are of no real value. I want to challenge you this week to skip your morning coffee. Instead of buying lunch every day for a week, pack it. Make a grocery list for one week and stick to it. I want to challenge you to give to those who are less fortunate and make a difference in the life of someone you don’t know.

You can donate any amount to http://www.gofundme.com/11j4uo and that money will be spent at a refugee-owned grocery store on August 25th. The groceries bought will then be donated to the non-profit organization CRIS which helps refugees get on their feet. Please join me in this great cause. It is easy to fill your own needs, so let’s try filling someone else’s! Please consider supporting this day. No one affiliated with Scentsy will get anything out of this; it’s just an opportunity to give to someone who is less fortunate than you.

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