Project Christmas JOY 2017

Project Christmas JOY 2017

From Becky Trimble

We may not be able to change the world but we can help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and lift the hearts and minds of those in need. We can make a difference one person at a time. Join us in sharing JOY!

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There's a part of living here in Italy that isn't captured on our Facebook page or family blog or on Instagram…life here is beautiful and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to experience this part of the world. And yet  amidst all this beauty we've also seen more poverty and suffering than I ever could have imagined.  Immigrants and refugees from Nigeria and Ghana  and other countries are working tirelessly and sending every penny that they make back home so that their families can have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and money to pay their children's school fees.  As a result of their sacrifice many of them go days without food and scrimp and save to support their families at home. I've never in my life lived in such close proximity to so much poverty. There is so much beauty here in Italy and there's also so much poverty. 

So as this Christmas season approaches instead of focusing on Black Friday sales and let's focus on what we do can bless the lives of those in need. Let's give to those whose “hands hang down”

I hope you will choose to join us on this journey. Funds will be used to purchase slippers, socks, underwear, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, warm clothing and simple food items such as rice, beans, canned peas, canned chicken, and boxed milk. We are also asking for warm winter clothing and hygiene items. 

There are simply more needs than the small American community here can meet so we hope you will become part of Project Christmas Joy. Think of a it as a virtual giving tree.

I know there is overwhelming need. In Italy alone nearly 200,000 refugees arrive each year. It can be paralyzing to know what to do to help when faced with so much poverty and homelessness. 

I am reminded of one my favorite stories. Of a young girl who stood on the beach throwing starfish back into the water. A stranger approached and chided here for her efforts. “You can never make a difference, there are simply too many starfish that need rescuing” the young girl looked him squarely in the eye and stated as she tossed another starfish back into the safety of the water “It makes a difference for this one”. We may not be able to change the world but we can help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and lift the hearts and minds of those in need. We can make a difference on person at a time. 

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