In the United States, the end of the year is the Giving Season. It's wonderful the holidays that come at this time, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year's Day - with start coming at around Thanksgiving.
Our staff in Tanzania is preparing for Thanksgiving, which comes on the 28th. It truly is a universal holiday that can cut across cultures and unite us in perspective - so we have imported it! Last year we shared a wide variety of both African and American foods, danced to disco music and paused with family and friends to remember what we each were thankful for. All the ladies on the staff filled our kitchen and were cooking. The entire floor was filled with pots and bowls.
In the USA my wife has a turkey in the refrigerator for an early celebration this week. I invite you to join in thanks this year for a life of many blessings.
On Thursday this week it is "Give to the Max Day" in Minnesota. An anonymous donor has put up $1000 in matching funds to get you interested. Now wait, this is a lower income family with kids that is giving out of their generosity. Cheerful giving: that is a blessing to the giver and the receiver. You can find out more at http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Giving-Season Even better, you can sign up to give monthly.
Also keep in mind that many companies have matching funds for donors and even volunteers. We receive a number of these gifts every year. See what your company can do and if you need to register Cheetah, just let us know. We are an approved 501c3 by the USA government. Finally, if you use the services of Thrivent, please contact them. Many donors are directing their Thrivent shares to Cheetah, multiplying their impact. And if you have other ideas to multiply your giving, let us know.
So get in the holiday mood! Start giving!
Over the coming weeks, we will let you know about the amazing progress we've made in Africa.
Today is the annual fun event at Harriet Island -it's inside, WARM and DRY. We ordered extra food so be free to come. Tickets are cheap: $25 at the door. Dinner, drinks, a Tanzanian choir, drummers, and a chance to see pics and video of Africa. Please come - we are having it on a weeknight to protect your weekend.
When: Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30 pm-9pm (Dinner starts at 6:30 - so no worries if stuck in traffic)
Where: Harriet Island Pavilion, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St. Paul MN
Did you know that most hunger is not caused by food shortages?
Tonight you can learn the truth about hunger and poverty --- and how permanent changes are really happening. The world can be different.