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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
The Witch's Daughter

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charity Around the World Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop
March 30th to April 4th

Hosted by:
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Reading Away the Days
Reading a Little Bit of Everything

Purpose: To promote a charity that I support.
The charity I want to let you all know about is called Children's HopeChest.  Some of you may know that my family is on a journey to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  This has become very important to us and we want to help the children from Ethiopia in other ways besides adoption.
That's when we discovered Children's HopeChest.  At Children's HopeChest you can chose to sponsor a child from Ethiopia, Russia, Swaziland, Uganda, South Africa or India.  You can also chose to do a one time donation, buy something from the store, etc.  We chose to sponsor a child from Ethiopia and we have his picture on our fridge now.  
A little about Children's HopeChest (from their website at
Children's HopeChest - Engaging, Connecting and Transforming The World's Orphans


Children’s HopeChest believes that every orphan has the right to know God, experience the blessing of family, and have the opportunity to develop independent living skills.


Children’s HopeChest was founded in 1994 in response to the devastating need of orphans in Russia following the fall of the Iron Curtain. These children had serious basic needs – for clothing, food, medical and facilities – but more compelling was their need for love, human interaction and care, and future hope. In response, Children’s HopeChest developed a holistic approach which meets medical, physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphaned children and youth, in fulfillment of our mission.


Children’s HopeChest connects Christian communities in the U.S. and Canada with impoverished communities of orphans overseas.  This unique “community-to-community” sponsorship leverages the power of one community of Christians making a long-term, transformational impact on a community of orphans and vulnerable children. Ultimately, these relationships and resources empower orphans to survive, thrive, and succeed within their home culture.

Who We Partner With

HopeChest partners primarily with churches, businesses and Christian communities such as blogs, online groups, book clubs, and small groups. These sponsoring communities are providing help, training, and discipleship for over 10,000 orphans.  HopeChest has over 100 active partnerships in Russia, Swaziland, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Haiti, Guatemala, Moldova, and India.

What We Believe

HopeChest was founded as and remains to this day an evangelical Christian organization. Our statement of faith affirms our core beliefs and doctrine. In practice, we believe strongly in putting faith into action as an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ. In the tradition of Matthew 25, we believe in demonstrating the power of the gospel by meeting earthly needs within a spiritual context and for an evangelical purpose. Our ministry is demonstrative, hands-on, and purposeful in our faith. We have been accused by some as too Christian, and by others as not Christian enough. It is our heart to incarnate the agape love of Jesus Christ to every orphan we minister to and, in doing so, bring them into wholeness in this world and eternal life for the world to come.

Governance and Financial Accountability

Children’s HopeChest is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. In accordance with their standards and principles, we are governed by a board of directors. HopeChest’s board has the full fiduciary responsibility for the organization and takes active steps to safeguard our financial, spiritual, and programmatic integrity.

There is much more information on their website.  Just click their logo above to be taken there.


My prize comes from a sweet little online shop called Just Love Coffee.  They have coffee from Ethiopia so we joined with them and all those who buy coffee through our storefront helps with our adoption.  I am going to be sending you a sample pack of Ethiopian coffee with a travel mug.  Ethiopia is known for their coffee as it is one of their major trades.  It is amazing coffee!

If you don't like coffee, it makes a wonderful gift for that coffee lover in your life!  So, fill out the rafflecopter below to enter!  

I want to thank you so much for learning a little about my charity.  I can't tell you how awesome it is to get pictures and letters from the child you sponsor and know that you are the one helping!  Thank you again and good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. i would support South Africa

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  2. I would choose Ethiopia.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. If I could I would support them all. They all seem like they have a great need, hard to chose.


  4. Pick one? Nope, I would have to try and support them all!

  5. That is a really hard choice. I think I would pick Swaziland.
    Sue B

  6. I just can't bring myself to randomly choose a country simply to gain an entry point into a blog giveaway. It feels a little wrong to me. Honestly, before I chose a country, I would take it to prayer and ask God to point me in the direction He saw fit.
    Tracy Awalt Juliano
    ohsopetite1 at yahoo dot com

  7. Oh, this is almost impossible! So many children need help from all over the world. It would either be Uganda or Ethiopia.

  8. all of them need help in so many ways and it is hard to choose just one. it is sad that there are so many countries that need help that you have to choose which ones to help and not help =/

  9. I would pick Russia I think. :)

  10. Russia or India, I think.
    (mary michaud)

  11. I think I would choose India or Ethiopia.

  12. India

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. I would support all of them, but if I had to choose I'd pick Uganda I think.


  14. I would support India, my country of origin.