I have no recipes or photos for you today. Instead, I’m helping to raise awareness around two very honourable and worthwhile events taking place this month. Both are doing wonderful things to help people in need, and both could use your support!
I. ADSUM HOUSE: MYSTERY ART SHOW & SALE
It’ll be a fabulous night with drinks and appetizers (courtesy of FRED – so you know you’re in for a treat!), which makes it a fun excuse to round up some friends, support a good cause, and scope out some beautiful, local artwork. What’s not to like? (You might even see a photo or two of mine laying around!)
Tickets are $25. You can buy them at the door or you can let me know if you’d like them in advance. There is more information on the flyer below. I hope you’ll join us!
II. BLOGGERS UNITE FOR AFRICA
As I’m sure you are all aware, there is a crisis going on right now in the Horn of Africa. Over 13 million people have already been affected by the drought, ensuing famine, and starvation. About 30,000 children have died in the past 3 months, and an estimated 600,000 are in danger of starvation. We’ve all heard the numbers, and now it’s time to act!
The fact that thousands of children are dying is just too much for me to handle, without doing anything about it. As a mother of two young children, and as a former student of international child health, I have to do something. My blog encourages people to donate to child hunger organizations all the time, but this is an emergency situation, and thus requires larger action. So, I am calling upon the blogging community to help.
I guess I should introduce myself. I’m Jackie, and I’m the recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind La Casa de Sweets. I focus on classic American, Spanish and international desserts, and sometimes I delve into the land of savory yumminess, too! After baking, my other passion is children. I’m a teacher, taking a break to raise my two little daughters (ages 2 and 8 months). I love kids, so it’s almost unbearable for me to think about children suffering, especially from hunger. That’s why I focus on encouraging my readers to donate to charities that try to end childhood hunger. That’s why I find the images and stories from Somalia and surrounding areas so utterly heartbreaking. I have to act. We have to act.
And, so, I’ve created a fundraiser through Global Giving to help do just that. I thought long and hard about how to raise money, and I believe this is the best way. I’ve spoken to on-the-ground organizations and journalists in the area, and they have assured me that the money we raise will help save lives. I’ve chosen a few crucial projects for our readers to donate to through Global Giving, in the hopes that we can all help save children from starvation.
I really admire and respect Jackie’s tenacity and her commitment to this cause. Be sure to check out her site, because there are dozens of giveaways and prizes to be won! Unfortunately, the prizes are only available to US residents, but that’s good news for about half of the people who read this blog. Prize or no prize, every dollar helps, so if you have a little extra to give, please consider contributing to Jackie’s Global Giving campaign!