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 […]
Friends, meet precious Devon and his mama, Jaclyn. Devon was born with some serious heart conditions, he has been in the hospital almost non-stop since birth. Devon’s great aunt Holly wrote and told us about Devon, explaining that the hard situation is being made harder because, while this little family lives in the UK, Jaclyn’s family is from the US. Her parents have had to leave Jaclyn, her husband, Luke, and Devon behind to return home to Wisconsin, even though Devon is still sick and in the hospital. Together Rising asked what we could do to support them, and Jaclyn told us that anything we could do to help her stay connected to her family would mean the world to them. Together Rising gave them funds to purchase an ipad so that the family can now FaceTime together from the hospital. Even though they are far apart, Jaclyn and Devon can now still see and feel the love and support of her family every day. Here’s a note we got from Jaclyn: I just want to say a huge thank you for sending my Aunt Holly gift cards so we were able to get an iPad to keep in touch with […]
Remember our Ellie, the four-year-old Together Rising raised up in our last Love Flash Mob? Ellie is our Warrior Baby who was in 7 different homes before she found her forever home with her mom Miranda, Well…. ELLIE GOT HER LEGS!!! Several months ago, Miranda wrote to Together Rising: "A genetic disorder caused Ellie's legs to be amputated to her knees and her hands to look different, too. Every day she receives stares and questions from other kids, but her visible challenges are not all she faces. She is healing on the outside and the inside. We are healing together—and she inspires me to carry on every day. My wildest dream for Ellie is new legs. Ellie loves to run. All Ellie wants to do is run, but she is constantly left behind. I don’t want my warrior baby left behind. The legs are incredibly expensive, though, so it’s just out of the question. I can’t give my baby what she needs the most.” Well… we did a little digging, asked some bold questions, and the amazing folks at the Hanger Clinic in Texas agreed to donate half the cost of the Ellie's prosthetics for us. THEN — in a matter of hours […]
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