Not long after the Jan. 12 earthquake devastated Haiti, students in our church's pre-teen ministry, Club J12, started telling me they wanted to do something to help that country.
So the kids got together, brainstormed some ideas and decided to hold a bake sale fundraiser for Haiti relief efforts.
It was called Heart for Haiti and the bake sale took place this past Sunday, Valentine's Day.
Kids of all ages and their parents created all sorts of goodies - the kids helped with the cooking and cleaning - and the result is $350 raised so far for Haiti.
One hundred percent of the money Grandview Christian Church's youths raise for Haiti will go to help the Christian Relief Fund's (CRF) ongoing efforts to get food, water and medicine to the people there.
CRF is a non-profit and 100 percent of the funds it receives is sent out to help people. There's no cut for administration or overhead, as many charities need to do.
The kids' faith and the generous support for Haiti it has generated from their church and some folks at the Daily Sun News got me to thinking. With $350 in hand for Haiti so far, could you or your business do a full or partial match?
For example, a 50 percent match would be $175 or 25 percent would be $87.50. A 10 percent match would raise $35 for Haiti.
Any amount will be a big help, but think about the difference a few matches or partial matches could make in converting that $350 into $500 or even $1,000?
Checks can be made payable to Grandview Christian Church with notation that they are for Haiti relief.
If you have any questions, give me a call at the Daily Sun News office or on my cell, 643-6314.
Grandview Christian just started the Club J12 ministry this past fall. The kids chose the Club J12 handle, named for the example of Jesus at 12.
You may remember that's the 12-year-old Jesus who said He "must be about my Father's business."
It's an honor to be able to say that the pre-teens at GCC with their hearts for Haiti appear to be headed on that same track.