Words From A Sponsor

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I went on my first trip with the Mighty Acorn Foundation in August of 2014. I had been dying to go to Kitale since I had first heard about it at a Matilda Jane trunk keeper conference in 2013 so I jumped at the chance when my sweet friend Kim asked me to go. I didn’t realize at the time just how much this trip would truly change my life.

I had never traveled overseas, but found the trip to not be difficult at all, although I’m not a very high maintenance kind of girl! The bond created among the team that traveled together was almost instant and when I met the children for the first time, I knew I wanted to come back as many times as they would let me. It’s funny, I found that people sometimes don’t consider it a “mission” trip because we aren’t technically doing medical, construction, or other “specific” work, but I can tell you that meeting your sponsored child face to face, spending time with them, holding their hand, bragging on them, and simply letting them know how much you love them…..love is often the best medicine someone can get!

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We sponsor an 8 year old little girl, Faith, who literally moved into the orphanage the day we arrived on our August trip last year. She and her twin sister, Mercy, who is sponsored by one of my best friends, April, were so shy and scared especially when they were meeting their new white sponsor moms for the first time!

I was able to take my 16 year old daughter, Anna, with me on the trip this last August. To travel back and see the changes in Faith and Mercy just in the past year was incredible. They greeted us almost immediately with huge smiles on their faces and big hugs!

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The biggest thing I have taken away from the two trips so far is that the impact the children and the experiences have on me far outweigh anything I feel like I do for them. The children there consider their sponsors their parents. Many of them truly are orphans and even if they aren’t, they long for someone to love them, encourage them, just to feel like someone cares. I never understood that until I went. They carry around the letters and pictures that we write like badges of honor. Each one stops me and asks if I know their sponsor. They are so proud of the very little they have and are truly so happy to have a bed to sleep in, to be able to go to school and to get to eat warm meals.

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If you are on the fence about joining us on a sponsor trip, I hope this encourages you to join us! The bond that the group going forms is hard to describe. This last group was the most diverse group of people and yet I left feeling like I was leaving family. I truly felt like I came home from Africa last year with a lot more perspective on what was truly important in my life. I truly don’t plan to ever miss another trip!

– Brea Freeman

Mighty Acorn Online Auction

Hey you guys! It’s not often we post, but when we do…You know it’s going to be about something really, really great. Yep, this post is no exception. We are preparing for our next big ol’ online auction! And this time, we’re getting by with a little help from our friends…

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David, DW, and myself have teamed up with some of gals from all over the U.S. to make this auction bigger and better than ever. For the past week and a half we have been emailing vendors left and right for donations, creating banners to show what a worthy cause this event will be, and just high-fiving the heck out of each other each time we get a confirmed donor! We already have over 100! That means over a 100 donations ranging from photography to clothes to jewelry just in time for your holiday shopping needs.

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The online auction will begin October 21, on Count your Buttons day! Be prepared to to see lots of cute crafty items made from, you guessed it, buttons. And lots and lots more. And what’s better than buttons? The fact that the proceeds of the auction will go to finishing the kitchen, dining, laundry facility for the kids of Seeds Academy in Kitale, Kenya. You know these children are so close to our heart, can you imagine them eating their Christmas meal from a dining hall for the first time in their lives? We can. And we need your help!

Sign up for the Mighty Acorn Foundation newsletter to receive more info about this exciting time of year for us! And also to receive beautiful stories from our last sponsor trip, news of our NEXT sponsor trip, and so much more.

I have a feeling you’ll be hearing from us a bit more so stay tuned.

LOVE,

SAM

PS. Are you wanting to donate to the MA auction? Email me at Samm@mightyacorn.org for details! Thank you!!!

Change

It happens to all of us. Sometimes you want a new hair cut, sometimes you want to try mustard instead of ketchup (not sure WHY someone would do this), and sometimes you want a change of scenery.  And sometimes, change just happens and you don’t even know it. It’s like your heart already jumps ship and it takes your brain a little bit to catch up.

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For months now, my brain and my heart have been battling. Battling what? I wasn’t sure. Not until Denise asked me to help her with the Smart Girls, Brilliant Woman Luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club (BLOG HERE). What an honor, right? For the both of us, really! I hadn’t worked with Denise on anything since June and I jumped at the chance to collaborate with her again.

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So we talked. And laughed. And I was filled with inspiration and excitement. I felt like we were changing the world, even if only in our own backyard. I wanted to show the young ladies at that luncheon how Denise changed my life. And she wanted to show them how a young gal like me, changed hers. All we are is normal. We are awkward. We are loud. But we are generous and kind. And we work hard. And deep down, we are confident. Not something that we feel all the time, but being ourselves is the most true form of confidence there is I think. That’s what we wanted to show those girls. I have to say, as much as I hope we changed their lives that day, the whole experience changed mine. Changed my heart.

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And now I’m here. After an incredible 6 and a half years at Matilda Jane Clothing,  I’ve joined the Mighty Acorn Foundation to help change the world in a much different way. There’s so much I’ve missed this past year, but I think the thing I’ve missed the most is sharing myself with the world; reaching out and listening, meeting new friends and really throwing myself into projects and feeling the amazing results of a hard days work. It turns out, these are the things that make my heart tick. Who woulda thunk it? The girl who wanted to design since she could pick out her own clothes wants something MORE.

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So get used to hearing from me. I’ll be working side by side with Katie from Changing the Face of Beauty to help spread awareness for her wonderful campaign! I’m so grateful to be apart of something so meaningful—showcasing children of all abilities in advertising is such an important cause and needs to be shouted from the rooftops! Ha, good thing I’m loud 🙂  So far Katie has gotten over 30 different companies to sign up for our #15in2015 campaign. These companies promise to have models of all abilities in their photoshoots this year. How INSANELY cool is that?

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Alright, before I spill too many beans I’ll leave you with one more… Just know we are preparing something AWESOME for CTFOB (Changing the Face of Beauty) this summer. And if you’re lucky, we may just show up in your hometown. That’s all I’m saying!! Until next time at least…

 

LOVE,

SAM

Wanderlust

wander

wan·der·lust
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noun
noun: wanderlust
  1. a strong desire to travel.
    “a man consumed by wanderlust”
    It’s such a crazy feeling to wake up and think “what should I do today?” For as long as I can remember my “to do” list was 38 hours long. Everyday. Whelp, not today. Not anymore. My head is going crazy begging for a hobby.
    We are going to China on the 26th, then California 2 days later, and NYC the last week of March.  I’m counting down the moments. Leaving the boys always fills me with great guilt but I know if I don’t follow my heart on some things I will loose myself.
    I miss my crazy busy creative life. I really do.
    ….30 minutes later and lots of backspacing…
    Enough..I gotta talk myself off the ledge and remember why I chose boredom. Ha. I chose boredom so I could spend more time helping with the Mighty Acorns. So this week I am gonna challenge myself  (and Sam) to get that tab on the website, this one, working.  There the blood is flowing again. So check by next week (not this upcoming) but the next and make me hold tight to my promise.

Who Wants to Go to Kitale

nateOur Second Annual Sponsorship Trip

On Thursday, April 16th, we will be taking our second sponsor trip to the Mighty Acorn Children’s Home
and The Seed’s Home & Academy.
We would love for you to join us. This is a very special journey and will
focus on allowing you time to build relationship with your sponsored child or children.
At our core we believe relationships matter and are a very powerful part of ones life.

The Mighty Acorn Foundations is fighting to restore hearts, ignite dreams
and empower the futures of children across the world. You are part of that mission.

We are offering you the opportunity to go to Africa and connect with your extended family .
You’ll experience life at the “Big House” (Mighty Acorn Home),
be given the hand-held grand tour, spend some time at the school and feeding center,
as well as the option to tour part of the slum that most of the children have been rescued from.
We will go shopping in town and have dinner out, special things that many of the children have
never experienced… riding the new escalator in town was a huge highlight last August

We will leave the United States, Thursday, April 16th, arriving in Kitale the evening of Saturday, April 18th.
Our return journey starts on Thursday, April 23rd arriving in the US on Friday, April 24th.
Our days will be spent in Kitale offering as much time with the children as possible.
The cost for the trip will be $2,950.00 – this will cover all your transportation, lodging and food.
This is going to be a very special trip for those who choose to make it –
but it is not without it’s difficulties and inconveniences.

The trip over is long; there are 2 – 8 hour flights, an overnight at a nice hotel in Nairobi,
and then another hour flight and a 3-hour drive to get to Kitale.
We will do our best to allow you time to rest but you will be tired when we arrive.
Our accommodations in Kitale are rather rustic,
you’ve probably read about the little critters in the showers and the power and Internet outages.
There are shots to get for international travel and malaria medication to take.
BUT – even with all that craziness – it will be a journey that you will not regret taking…

No one that has ever gone as wished they hadn’t.If you are interested in going please send an email to: denisew@mightyacorn.org
We are limiting the trip to 16 people in order to be able to do all we want to do while in country.
The first 16 people that make a commitment to go with a $500 deposit paid will be assured a spot on this trip. We need to hear from you by January 23rd.

We have raised the hopes of the all the Mighty Acorns we serve; they all want to to meet their sponsor.
It will be a huge treat for your child to meet and spend a few special days together with you.
It will surely change your relationship, drawing you closer to them… they’ll no longer be just a face in a picture or a few words on the page of a cherished letter…
they’ll be real, their hugs will live in your memory for a long time.
Come with us…