Late last week, I got the most amazing and unexpected text message…. Coach Vogel texted to say that her cross country teams had raised money for our Child Wellness Fund again this year, totaling around $2600!
The kids run the same course twice – once at the beginning of the season and once at the end. They take pledges – a dime for each second they improve, for example. Then, their times are compared to see how much faster they’ve gotten over the season. These kids obviously worked hard and improved greatly – and their accomplishment is having a big impact for other kids who need it!
The cross country teams decided to use their donation to help buy cows for Heart for Africa’s Project Canaan in Swaziland. With over 150 rescued kids that they care for, they go through a lot of milk! We have been raising money to add to their dairy operation – and with this donation added to our total, we’ll be able to buy 5 cows to help meet the needs of the kids!
Awesome job, Dalhart Cross Country! Such a big thanks to Coach Vogel for organizing, all of the DXC parents and friends who supported those kids (and thus our Child Wellness Fund), and of course the runners who worked so hard!
As we move into the Christmas season, we will start focusing on new projects. As I look at our different partners working around the world, they all have one thing in common: a focus on education. Through their education programs, they are able to provide supplies, meals, care, love, and hope for a brighter future. And we are excited to contribute to that.
This season, all of our proceeds will be split among three groups working in our key regions around the world…. the Empower International Education Program, as they work to build a new school in Burma; Heart for Africa’s Project Canaan Academy and Sisekelo Preschool in Swaziland; and Student International’s mentoring programs in Costa Rica, which we visited earlier this year.
Each of these programs take a different approach to Child Wellness and education… but all with the goal and proven results of showing and sharing love with the kids they serve and giving them tools to build a brighter future.
Our hope is that you’ll have a more Purposeful Christmas this year – whether that includes Purpose Coffee or any of the other amazing purpose-driven brands out there. In store and online this season, we will have a selection of goods from companies working all over this world to make it a better place. These goods will make great teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, or gift sets for friends and family.
We are showcasing these companies and items at our A Purposeful Christmas open house event on November 16. All of our proceeds from that day only will be used to buy Christmas presents for orphaned kids.
We will have refreshments and coffee while you shop, plus a ton of new things – from new tees to new jewelry to our new seasonal items! Follow along on Instagram and our Facebook group to see sneak peeks!