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The Second Annual Citadel Christmas Party will be held at the Citadel Stadium in Charleston, S.C., from 12:00-3:00 PM The Second Annual Citadel Christmas Party will be held at the Citadel Stadium in Charleston, S.C., from 12:00-3:00 PM

Giving Christmas

This Christmas, hundreds of volunteers will skip several hours of traditional festivities to give Christmas to thousands of Charlestonians. The Citadel Christmas Party in Charleston S.C., is made possible by local churches and organizations who are serious about caring for the underserved in their community. Convoy of Hope will provide nearly 20,000 lbs. of groceries and supplies to supplement the toys, bikes and Christmas dinners provided by the community.

For ten years Gordon Cashwell has worked with Convoy of Hope to serve families facing hard economic situations in Charleston. For eight of those years, Cashwell was the local volunteer helping lead our outreaches.

“After eight years of Convoy of Hope community outreaches, they are working together to put on their own event,” says Ron Showers, senior director of community enrichment for Convoy of Hope. “This is the reality of people who caught a tremendous vision to change their city ten years ago and have been pursuing it ever since.”

The one-day event put on by local churches and organizations in partnership with Convoy of Hope is intended to give underserved families an incredible Christmas. However, it’s become evident that this group of volunteers, churches and organizations are dedicated to serving Charleston long after December 25th.

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Hezzy and Monet are proud to receive brand new free school supplies at a recent Tacoma, Wash., community outreach. Hezzy and Monet are proud to receive brand new free school supplies at a recent Tacoma, Wash., community outreach.

Giving Tuesday with Convoy of Hope

At Convoy of Hope we believe in giving and today on #GivingTuesday we’re celebrating by asking you to believe in it with us. While this day has only been around a couple years, the concept of giving isn’t so new. Some pretty incredible people have made a big deal about giving.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Here on our blog we don’t do a lot of asking people to make donations. We believe that if we tell our story, people will be compelled by their own generosity to join with us by giving.

So, here’s our story. At a young age, brother’s Hal, Dave and Steve Donaldson lost their father in a car accident that also left their mother badly injured. The sustaining generosity of neighbors and local churches that they experienced during that time inspired them to found Convoy of Hope in 1994. Since then, Convoy of Hope has served 62 million people in more than 100 countries through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.

“Give and it will be given to you.”
– Jesus

Our story is all about giving. It’s friendly neighbors giving to a hurting Donaldson family. Then, it’s the Donaldson brothers giving groceries out of the backs of pick-ups in the early nineties. Very quickly our story grew to include volunteers and generous donors giving early on. In 2013 it’s been giving hope and helpful resources to guests of honor at 35 community outreaches across the U.S., giving education and start-up funding to empower women, giving agricultural education to thousands of farmers in Haiti, giving food and nutrition to 126,000 children in our feeding initiative and giving immediate relief and hope to survivors of 15 disasters all around the world.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

We’d be honored to have you visit our donation page to take part in nearly 20 years of giving hope this Giving Tuesday.

 

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Creative Generosity

I love what I do. My full time job is to help people get creative when it comes to being generous. Another term for creative generosity is one you’ve heard before, “philanthropy.” Sadly, this term has become exclusive and most people think of philanthropists as people with massive wealth looking for ways to get rid of tax-laden assets. I think everyone can be creatively generous.

I get excited when I think about all the stuff out there that people might want to give away to help a charity like Convoy of Hope feed more children, empower more women or inspire more families with help and hope in a tough economy. Because of some of the financial tools available, non-profits can accept all kinds of gifts.

I know a schoolteacher with a good story. Her mother had been a famous opera diva in New York and a fan had given the singer a Tiffany’s diamond bracelet. My friend, the schoolteacher, inherited the bracelet but never wore it. So, she got creative with her generosity and honored her mother with a philanthropic impact on the world around her.

Every year Americans give stock in their own businesses, real estate of all kinds, and a wide assortment of other contributions like precious metals, gems, jewelry, valuable collections of everything imaginable, oil and gas interests, patents and artwork.

Like I said, I get excited when I see people getting creative with generosity. To find out more about how to creatively give to Convoy of Hope, visit convoyofhope.plannedgiving.org.

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