Earlier this year, we received a request to get our little sisters running (and rising) in Moore County, NC. A grandmother wrote in to tell us about the community in which her three young granddaughters live – a neighborhood with a high military family presence and many families struggling to pay their bills. The community lacked in healthy activities for young girls. She requested help to create “a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” She sought to implement a Girls on the Run chapter in Moore County, NC. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. We were eager to assist our littlest sisters in achieving this goal. You provided all remaining funds needed to make their dream a reality. The chapter started in 2015 and is thriving. We could not be more proud. In the words of the chapter leader, “Thank you so much for making Girls on the Run Moore County happen! I appreciate your support and know that the impact that we will make to each girl will last a lifetime to those we touch.” And you know what […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: Friends, it’s time to update you on The Compassion Collective and our work to care for refugees in Europe. All the stories you are about to read — stories about the lives saved, the people fed, the shelter given—they can only be told because of you. You are the ones doing this. The gratitude that everyone connected with this work has for you is without measure. The situation for our refugees is worse now than it was in the fall. Borders have closed. Food is running out. Babies are dying. Parents are desperate. The evil the refugees are running from is real and it remains. When you look at the videos and the pictures you are about to see, please remember that these are people like us who once had homes and jobs, whose children went to school, who had dreams of the future and who desperately want to go home. This is what the refugees are saying—The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was leave my country. I wish more than anything I had a home to bring my children back to. […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees in Europe, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: At the end of last month, you and I and 41,000 of the biggest-hearted people on Earth came together to respond to today’s refugee crisis, the worst humanitarian emergency since World War II. This response—The Compassion Collective—was led by the communities of Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell and Momastery. As The Compassion Collective, we joined together to ask these questions: Should drowning children be saved? Should starving women be fed? Should freezing men be warmed? Should homeless babies be sheltered? Together, you answered YES. You decided this: Credit:Emily McDowell And THEN: This. In increments of 5, 10, 20 dollars- you gave one million dollars in 31 hours. By the end of 2015—our total was $1.3 million. Every penny is going directly to refugee aid. AND THEN. Our partners, Help Refugees, asked for their funding to be staggered and our first round —$697,000—hit European soil on Dec. 30th. This is our first report to you about how these funds are being used. Before we jump in, you need to know that the situation is still desperate. The horrific evil, the terror people […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees in Europe, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: You’ve noticed I’ve been quiet lately. That’s because two months ago, you trusted Together Rising with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help refugees in Europe. After the Love Flash Mob, Amy led us as we spent our days and nights researching, interviewing and planning to ensure that how we spent the money would be worthy of you and of our refugee brothers and sisters. It has been a hard few weeks. Every day we have been freshly stunned and brokenhearted by what we’ve learned, seen, and heard. And that’s good. When my heart is truly broken, I feel low, abiding joy. Because I know I’ve stumbled onto something worthy of my time, energy, money, and life. People always ask: G, how do I find my purpose? I look at them and ask: What breaks your heart? There you go. That’s your purpose. The first draft of this essay was six pages long — filled with stories about the children who are dying and the heroes we have met. In the end, we decided to keep today’s report concise. Please know […]
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