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I Am Syria

“I am Syria” is a powerful statement, especially coming from elementary school students in Charlotte, North Carolina. But that’s what the kids at the school wanted to do — make a statement.

Fourth and fifth graders at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary studied the refugee crisis and decided they wanted to do something to help kids who seemed just like them, but are facing the despair of living inside a humanitarian crisis.

“We try to focus on how we can do good for others,” says Nicole Nederlk, a teacher at the school. “It’s important for the kids to know what they’re giving towards.”

The kids raised money and wore green on a designated day to show their support. More than $500 was donated for Convoy of Hope’s response in the Middle East and Europe.

“I used to only care about myself,” says Danaiyah, a student at Nathaniel Alexander. “But now I know the importance of helping others.”

Jamie Waldron, outreach director for Elevation Church, helps out at the school in the food pantry and coordinates events. She recently visited Convoy’s work in Lebanon, so Jamie encouraged the kids to give the money they raised to Convoy of Hope. She showed them a video of the kids they would be helping.

“Some of the kids at Nathaniel Alexander don’t have much,” Waldron says. “But when they saw kids [on the video] that couldn’t go to school or didn’t have beds at all, they were moved to help.”

We’re thankful for children who are practicing compassion at such a young age. Because of them, we are able to bring hope and help to refugee children around the world.

 

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$200,000 Raised Through Dancember

Over the weekend YouTube Stars, Judy and Benji Travis, set out to raise $200,000 for Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative through their Dancember campaign. The 24-hour-live broadcast started strong Friday at 3 p.m.(PST) with more than $50,000 that had been raised leading up to the event.

The live broadcast featured dancing, lip-syncing and special guests to encourage viewers to donate and learn more about Convoy. For every $5,000 raised, the Dancember team danced to celebrate.

Before the 24-hour-live broadcast was over, the team had raised more than $200,000 which came in from viewers around the world.

“When Benji said our goal for this year was $200,000, it seemed impossible,” Judy said as she reflected on the event. “But I said, ‘let’s try it’ and we hit it. It’s overwhelming.”

With tens of thousands of viewers at any given time, we know the event was only a success because of the Dancember team, and all those who tuned in, donated and shared the event with their friends.

“We want to thank everyone that participated in Dancember,” says Kirk Noonan, vice president of Creative Communications for Convoy of Hope. “Especially the Travis’ family for their generosity to help us bring hope to kids throughout the world.”

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Dancember: Meet Benji and Judy Travis

Benji and Judy Travis have amassed millions of views on YouTube. The couple and their three daughters have partnered with Convoy of Hope for Dancember, the Travis’ 24-hour live broadcast on their YouTube channel that will raise funds for children and families in Convoy of Hope’s programs throughout the world.

Benji says Dancember started with the intent of raising funds to help homeless teens in the U.S.

“We offered to dance for 24 hours if our YouTube viewers hit our fundraising goal,” says Benji. The campaign generated a lot of buzz among their fans and ended up smashing their original goal. The couple has since chosen several other nonprofits to support.

Benji attributes Dancember’s appeal to how fun it is to participate: The couple isn’t just providing a platform for donors to give — they offer a little entertainment in return.

Dancember will air on December 18 at 3 p.m.(PST). Visit convoyofhope.org/dancember for more information.

In Benji’s Words

We created Dancember because…

Giving back is really important to us. And giving in a non-traditional way is much more fun.

The best thing about my wife is…

She’s beautiful, inside and out: She’s genuine and kind-spirited.

Everyday I live by the rule…

Be grateful. Find balance. Prioritize.

The greatest thing I’ve learned being a dad is…

Being a father is a privilege. You’re their source of wisdom. You get to teach a human being how to be a human being.

 

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