November 2016 | The Early Family Adoption | Final Donation: $235
The last giveback of 2016 will be a bit different than usual. The donation this time will come from my new seasonal project called Post Script Postcards. $5 from each postcard set will go towards Patrick and Michelle Early as they work towards adopting their first child — "We knew while we were dating that one day we would want children. As our marriage progressed without children, we were led to the decision of adoption. This has helped us learned about ourselves, our marriage, our communication, and ultimately what kind of parents we want to be. We know that God has led us to this path, and that He has something great in store for us!" Post Script Postcards are no longer available, but we were so honored to be able to give to the Early Family!
August 2016 | Convoy of Hope Women's Empowerment | Final Donation: $220
This month's recipient is an organization that makes an impact across the globe. Convoy of Hope is local to southwest Missouri, but they do work all over the world through community development, children's feeding programs, disaster services, agricultural + rural compassion, and one more big program that this month's P+O Gives Back is dedicated to – Women's Empowerment. 10% of shop profits this month goes towards this program which encourages women around the world to realize their value and reach their potential through job training and education. As a result, many women in the program now own a business and feed and care for their own children. Learn more about Convoy of Hope at convoyofhope.org.
April 2016 | Homes for Our Troops | Final Donation: $180
This month highlights an amazing organization that's building homes and rebuilding lives for our post-9/11 veterans. Homes for Our Troops builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for severely injured soldiers returning home, helping them rebuild their lives. They've built over 200 homes for returning vets, and I'm honored to get to partner with them this month! 10% of shop profits in April will go straight towards this honorable + much needed organization. Learn more about what Homes for Our Troops is, and what projects they're working on their website.
February 2016 | Team Jaidyn: Stronger Than Strong | Final Donation: $220
Jaidyn is my second cousin and here are a few things you'll want to know about her: she's 10 years old, she knows more baseball stats than most grown men, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year, and she is #strongerthanstrong. Jaidyn finally had her last round of chemo + radiation a few weeks ago, but the effects of childhood cancer are long-lasting and the fight back to full health will take some time. Jaidyn, her parents, and her siblings are a seriously strong family that I'm proud to be related to. 10% of all my shop profits in February will go directly to helping them pay off medical bills from Jaidyn's treatments so they can get back to normal life (and baseball season!)
December 2015 | AIDS Project of the Ozarks | Final Donation: $235
To honor World AIDS Day (December 1), 10% of shop profits from the month of December will go straight to AIDS Project of the Ozarks. APO is an amazing organization in my hometown that provides medical, testing, and educational services to families struggling with HIV infection in southwest Missouri. They're an incredibly generous organization, and I'm proud to partner with them this month. Read more about the great things they're doing on their website.
September 2015 | Landan's LegOcy | Final Donation: $240
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and I'm excited to partner with Landan's LegOcy for this month's P+O Gives Back recipient. Landan was a precious little boy that went to my home church whose life was sadly cut short due to a brain tumor. Landan's LegOcy was created in his honor and provides non-medical related financial assistance to almost 40 families currently on the journey of childhood cancer. They do this through three main programs; Financial Assistance, Travel, and Remembrance. The majority of the funds are disbursed to families through our Financial Assistance program to pay phone and utility bills, make rent/house/car payments, and minor repairs to primary transportation vehicles. The Travel Program provides funds for families to be together over special or holiday weekends when they are separated during treatment. The Remembrance Program provides funds to help offset the costs of funeral arrangements and/or provides funding for memorial tributes to those who lost their battle. Read more about the legacy Landan and his family are leaving for so many other families on the journey through childhood cancer on their website.
May 2015 | Baby Keywood Adoption | Final Donation: $200
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, so I thought it a fitting time to do a P+O Gives Back for a deserving family who is in the process of adoption or foster care. I took nominations and loved reading the stories of some seriously amazing families and parents. It was hard to choose one, but Sarah & Jay Keywood stuck out as a unique young couple working to domestically adopt their first child. This young couple is eager to welcome a new life into their family are have worked tirelessly to make it happen. Read more of their story and adoption process here.
March 2015 | Castaway Animal Rescue Efforts | Final Donation: $100
For the very first P+O Gives Back, a portion of shop profits in March were donated to one of my favorite local charities – Castaway Animal Rescue Efforts. I adopted my wild border collie Cooper from CARE several years ago, and I'm so glad he picked me! CARE is a no-kill animal shelter in southwest Missouri, learn more about their efforts at carerescue.org.