International (Compassion/MNN) — Millions of children live in poverty. They know what it’s like to go without a meal and have no healthcare. They know what it’s like to suffer.
Compassion International invites you to help eradicate child poverty by doing everyday tasks though their new online fundraising platform Act for Compassion, which has an emphasis on helping children in northeast Brazil. This creative program encourages you to think differently about your everyday life to discover simple ways to help impoverished children.
Compassion’s Kerri Cook shares several stories of selfless people who acted with Compassion and poverty-stricken children in mind. Let these stories encourage and inspire you to take action against poverty!
Donate your big day.
This year, consider giving up birthday gifts and asking your friends to give hope instead by donating to children around the world who need it most.
Or maybe you have another milestone on the horizon. One couple created an online fundraising campaign to celebrate their 30th anniversary, sharing the story of their own journey that began when they sponsored a child the first year they were married. Another couple even created an alternate wedding registry, asking for donations in lieu of wedding presents!
Choose to give instead of get this year. Your impact may be greater than you would ever imagine.
Let your everyday interests change a life.
People are finding ways to make a difference through the things they love and are already doing every day!
One running enthusiast challenged her friends to join her by committing to each run 50k and raise $50 for children in need. Another couple set out on a coast-to-coast bicycle trip, aspiring to raise $1 for every mile of their bike ride. Another woman challenged her friends to a bake-off, with all of the proceeds helping to release more children from poverty.
Whatever it is you love to do, you can turn your passion into a life-giving activity.
Celebrate the lives of those you love.
Are you looking for a way to honor and celebrate the life or achievements of a loved one? Creating an online campaign page in their name can be an incredibly meaningful way to do this, with impact that reaches far and wide.
In an incredible act of love, one couple who lost their own little girl made the brave choice to not let her life be forgotten. As they shared their hearts and raised funds in honor of their daughter, God turned their story of heartbreak into a beautiful picture of redemption that reached across continents.
Maybe you’re celebrating a loved one’s graduation, retirement, promotion, milestone birthday or anniversary. Prayerfully think about the ways that, through you, God can use one life to change another.
Take action based on what YOU care about.
You have even more ways to take action with the brand new version of Act for Compassion. Now, you can:
– Start your own online fundraiser
Try out one of the above ideas, or explore ActForCompassion.com for more inspirations, tips & tricks for sharing your own unique story and passion! It’s easy to start your own online campaign, and we give you all the tools to make it a success and easily share it with everyone in your life!
– Create a sponsorship campaign for waiting children
Challenge your friends and family to sponsor children of their own! You can even focus on a specific part of the world that’s on your heart, find sponsors for children of a certain age, or help kids who share your name or birthday.
– Discover and share volunteer opportunities
Finds ways to invest your time and talents by volunteering at events, at Compassion headquarters, or through volunteer leadership roles. Get your friends and family connected, too!
It’s easier to change a life than you think.