I re-read A Christmas Carol every year for three reasons: (1) I adore the descriptions of the food and merrymakers in the market near the beginning of the story; (2) I cannot get enough of the Ghost of Christmas Present; and (3) there is no denying the lovely reminders throughout that giving is the best part of the holiday season. (Yes, “giving” wins, despite stiff competition from Russian Teacakes in our household.)
My pal Matt Madeiro is a really good egg and the author of Three New Leaves, as well as Make Every Day Count, and he’s come up with a brilliant way to celebrate giving, his birthday, and the holidays this year. It’s a do-a-good-deed-three-fer!
On December 25, Matt’s turning 25, but instead of collecting birthday/Christmas gifts, he’s asking all of us to make a donation to help raise $25,000 to buy a school bus for kids in Kopila Valley in Nepal. He was inspired by Maggie Doyne. Here, I’ll let him tell you…
On a journey through remote Nepal, Maggie met hundreds of children. Many were orphans. Each lived in poverty, and each spent hours every day trying to eke out a living in the remnants of warn-torn Nepal. Despite this, they greeted her with with warmth and a smile.
Pulling every penny of her life savings, she returned to Nepal. Over the next sleepless months, she did what few expected she could do, building a home for 40 of those children who had changed her and following with a primary school just a few years later. In just a few years, the Kopila Valley primary school has become a highly-ranked (and colorful) educational center, a second home to over 300 students from Surkhet and surrounding regions of Nepal.
The Kopila Valley Primary School is built on the dream of providing a safe, sustainable, and community-oriented home for the underprivileged of Nepal.
Matt’s trying to raise the funds to get the kids a school bus. So they can stop walking upwards of 5 hours a day to get to school — and can start taking field trips.
Here’s the deal: If you make a donation this week, the amount will be double because another generous donor has offered to match the money raised this week. So if you give $10, the kids get $20. How awesome is that?!
Read more about Maggie, Matt, the bus, the school, the whole shebang, and maybe make a donation right here.
May your holidays be filled with the joy of both giving and receiving. And Russian Teacakes. Definitely Russian Teacakes. (And if you want to read A Christmas Carol, get this version; it’s a reproduction of the original manuscript complete with original title page and illustrations.)
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