At Chump Lady, we’re all about the new beginnings here. That’s why I hope you won’t mind this post today. I know chumps are giving people (right, duh, or we wouldn’t have lopsidedly flung ourselves at relationships with cheaters… we’re good kibbles too!) So I’m doing something unprecedented here — I’m making a charitable suggestion — Check out Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC).
It’s a school for orphans and vulnerable kids in Juba, South Sudan. Yeah, that place on the news with the civil war.
I’m sorry to say Juba orphans would be one more sad story in a world full of sad stories that I could ignore, if I didn’t happen to have a heroic friend LeAnna stationed in Juba, South Sudan building schools as a USAID officer.
On Facebook this morning she wrote that in lieu of holiday giving, she was going to buy stuff on Amazon and deliver it to the orphanage school, and asked if we wanted to help by getting some items on her wish list. (One of the perks of working for the State Department is you get a diplomatic P.O. box — so you can get stuff sent overseas at regular postage rates!)
So I checked it out and got some sparkly red shoes for some lucky girl somewhere, some sturdy sandals for a boy (why are boys clothes so much duller than girl’s things?) and some children’s books, noticing a few of LeAnna’s favorites. (Little House on the Prairie? Really? In South Sudan?)
And then I thought — what better way to mortify her this holiday season than post her face and her Wish List on a blog that gets over 10,000 daily page views!
I do hope you’ll help. It sucks to be cheated on. It sucks a lot worse to be an orphan in a civil war.
There’s my shameless guilt trip.