H U G E Giveaway!!!!!!

My sister and I sponsor 5 kiddos in Ethiopia through Children's Hopechest. We are planning a trip to visit the care centers in November and I decided to start fundraising early for the trip so that we can bring lots of donations, and for the building projects we'll be doing while in country. My personal goal is to raise at least $7,000.00. My ultimate goal is to be able to giveaway a mission trip to one lucky winner! You can read all the books you want and watch all the youtube videos in the world but nothing compares to being in country and seeing what these children live through every day. What these kiddos need most is someone to stand in the gap for them and make their voices heard and the best way to do that is to have lived it. So PLEASE stand up for "the least of these" and help me to bring a lucky someone to Ethiopia!!!

Most anyone associated with international adoption is aware of the changes being made in Ethiopia regarding the amount of adoption cases being processed each day which will hopefully curb the amount of corruption in the country and we all know that adoption alone is NOT the answer. So what can YOU do to make a difference in these children's lives? Well I'll tell ya... become a sponsor! For just $34.00 each month your sponsorship will send a child to school, will provide meals, and in some cases even shelter if they have to live on site. Reading the stories of these children and meeting them face to face just rips your heart out. Almost all of the children have at least one parent that has died because of poverty and disease and now have to live with other villagers or relatives. Many times the "foster homes" have children of their own to feed and care for so the "foster children" are left at home to do the chores and take care of the smaller children.
What Hopechest does is eases the burden on these "foster families". By providing funding for these children's basic needs, they are able to become productive members of society and gain a sense of self and a sense of worth. Please visit my friend Karen's blog to find out how you can give a child hope. She's got some AMAZING before and after photos on this post that really show what a difference sponsorship can make.(The little girl, Birtukan, with the stickers on her face is my sister's sponsor child)

Now on to the good stuff :) I have some amazing goodies to share with FIVE lucky winners.
I will be giving away 5 themed gift baskets FILLED with some amazing goodies. Here's how it will work:

*A donation of $10.00 will earn you ONE entry.
*A donation of $20.00 will earn you THREE entries.
*A donation of $30.00 will earn you SEVEN entries.

Any donations over those amounts will be multiplied accordingly (eg. a donation of $100.00 will be good for 22 entries).

When you make your donation, in the little information box on paypal, please include the number of the gift basket you're hoping to win.

Once you have made a donation you can earn additional FREE entries by posting about the giveaway on your blog, twitter, or facebook accounts. Just comment me with your info and where you posted about the giveaway so I'll make sure to give you extra entries.

Use this button below to post on your personal blog to redirect people to the giveaway!

Donations will be accepted from April 1st to April 21st. Also during that time I will have more blog giveaways where you will be eligible for FREE entries and goodies so check back here periodically.

Here's what you could win:

GIFT BASKET NUMBER ONE (Cooking/baking):

1-Oneida Platinum 3 piece cupcake pan, tray, and cover carrier set
1-3 quart round stainless steel Crock Pot
1-Bag of Sumatra Organic coffee donated by Ground To Cup
1-12 month subscription to Louisiana Cookin magazine
1-size Medium tee donated by Julie Neal from Dig Deep
1-autographed copy of Red Letters by Tom Davis (founder of Children's Hopechest)
1-bottlecap necklace donated by Sami from Little Goody 2 Shoes
1-bottle cap key chain donated by Deena Marquis
1-brown reusable printed grocery bag donated by Katie Reaser
1-Adopt Africa magnet
1-shabby chic notebook
3-tees donated by Debi Jenkins of From Africa To Your Heart (1-large white long sleeved hoodie, 1- XL brown tee, 1-small pink tee)


1-$10.00 gift card to Chili's
1-$25.00 gift card to For Goodness Grape donated by Lisa
1-$33.00 gift card to use toward getting your own amazing scarf by Pronta donated by Maru Stephens
1-$40.00 gift card to Pixie Chicago Paperie donated by Cassandra
1-$25.00 gift card toward digital scrapbooking elements from Kate Hadfield Designs
1-$25.00 gift card toward digital scrapbooking products from Valorie Wibbens Designs
1-bag of Mexico organic coffee donated by Ground to Cup
1-torqouise necklace donated by adoptive mother, Lisa Bushman
1-book, Losing Normal, by adoptive mother, Heather Cheney
1- Adopt Africa magnet
1-3-6 month organic "little birdie" onesie from Adopt Africa Designs
2-bottlecap necklaces from Sami with Little Goodie 2 Shoes
1-sized medium white tee donated by The Boddie Family
1-Africa (Ethiopia is featured) cut out wooden ornament/door hanger donated by Debi Jenkins of From Heart to Home
3-tees also from Debi of From Heart to Home (1-medium pink short sleeve, 1-large brown short sleeve, and 1-small white long sleeved hoodie)


1-original commissioned custom painting by Casey Wiegand of A Little Artsy (valued at $550.00)

1-carousel 8X8 print from Elle Moz Photography
1-handmade yarn rooster from Isla Mujeres in Mexico
1-custom embroidered sparrow art with the word "Baby" framed and matted donated by adoptive mom,Anya
1-handwoven injera bowl from Axum, Ethiopia
1-6.5" X 6.5" original painting on goat hide in the orthodox tradition of Mary and Jesus from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2-prints from adoptive mother, Candice Jones
2-bottlecap necklaces from Sami of Little Goody 2 Shoes
2-bottlecap key chains donated by Deena Marquis
1-bag of Jamaican Me Crazy coffee donated by Ground to Cup
1-Adopt Africa magnet
1-custom blog design from Adopt Africa Designs ($50.00 value)
4-original adoption prints donated by adoptive parents Logan and Brandy Wade
2-dog collars (red and black) with Christmas and Valentine's Day themed coordinating snaps from Snap 2 It
1-shabby chic notebook
2-tees (1-large pink short sleeve and 1-XL white long sleeved hoodie) from Debi Jenkins of From Heart to Home


1-10% off coupon to Pebbles In My Pocket party supplies
1-30% off coupon to anna and blue paperie
20-custom printed invitation/announcement cards from Nicole at Starlight Stationary
1-Happy Birthday Groovy flower banner donated by Holly at Groovy Holidays
1-Adopt Africa magnet
1-custom blog design from Adopt Africa Designs
1-funky dog notebook
1-white girls size XS Africa cut out tee with lion from Adopt Africa Designs
1-book by adoptive mom, Heidi Ballard - From My Heart You Came
1-bag of Southern Pecan coffee donated by Ground To Cup
2-bottlecap necklaces donated by Sami of Little Goody 2 Shoes
1-bottlecap keychain donated by Deena Marquis
1-wooden Africa cutout key chain with camel print donated by Debi Jenkins of From Heart to Home
1-wooden Africa cutout ornament/door hanger with polka dots and Ethiopia written on it donated by Debi Jenkins of From Heart to Home
3-tees also donated by Debi (1-medium white long sleeved hoodie, 1-large pink short sleeved tee, and 1-Large brown short sleeved tee)
1-grey size Large tee donated by the Boddie family
1-reusable printed grocery bag donated by the Boddie family
1-size 10 short sleeve tee from Threadless

GIFT BASKET NUMBER FIVE (luxury girlie goodies):

-Sample perfume vials from Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Narcisco Rodriguez, Paco Rabanne, and Lolita Lempicka of Paris
-Lots of facial product samples from Sephora
1-size 12 month long sleeved Burberry girl's shirt
2-Mother/daughter aprons with pink ruffle
1-Coach coin purse
1-Lily Pulitzer Zippity-Do make-up bag
1-Love Goes Around necklace donated by Tracy from Junk Posse
1-"love" banner necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs
1-pair of sterling silver fleur-de-lis earrings donated by Kelly of Kelly Lynn Designs
1-glass Ethiopian map pendant necklace donated by Michelle McKinney
1-Adopt Africa magnet
1-lime green tee size XS from Adopt Africa Designs
1-laptop decorative bird sticker
2-bottlecap necklaces donated by Sami of Little Goody 2 Shoes
1-brown bead handmade necklace donated by adoptive mom, Lisa Bushman
1-shabby chic notebook
1-bottlecap keychain donated by Deena Marquis
2-wooden Africa cut out beaded necklaces donated by Debi Jenkins of From Heart to Home
3-tees (1-size small pink short sleeve, 1-white size large long sleeved hoodie, 1-XL brown short sleeved tee) donated by Debi Jenkins of From Heart to Home
1-bag of Columbia Organic coffee donated by Ground To Cup
12-flavored lip glosses
3-books by author and adoptive mother Jen Hatmaker - Out of the Spin Cycle, Girl Talk: Getting Past the Chitchat, and Make Over: Revitalizing the Many Roles You Fill
1-wooden Africa cut out keychain donated by Debi Jenkins
1-brown tee size large donated by Katie Reaser
1-handmade fabric flower brooch from Sew Lovely

Whew.... I'm exhausted from listing all that but I hope you guys are excited about winning some awesome stuff!
I plan to do little mini-features on some of the doners throughout the giveaway as well so I hope you look forward to learning more about both the fundraising families and the people committed to helping Africa's orphans.


Megan said…
Bought my tickets and shared on FB. Hope this is a huge success!
Mattie said…
I donated! I forgot to say which basket I would like (number 5)!
Cindy said…
Got my tickets and posted on my blog!
Good Luck!
Cindy Meiresonne
Just entered! Great stuff. I am also posting on FB now, I really hope you get a good turn out. Please use 1 of my entries for basket #1 and 3 entries for basket #5. Thanks!

So fun following you again. I remember you so well from our first adoptions.

Marissa Ruper said…
Yayaya I donated! Hope it goes well for you and good luck! Hoping for baskets #4 or #1 :)
Jessica Lynn said…

This giveaway looks amazing.

I really love gift basket #3. I apologize, but, I forgot to put that info on the paypal donation.

The email address associated with the paypal account was jadenyu at yahoo dot com.

Jessica Lynn said…
I also posted on Facebook.

My Facebook account is Jessica Fields Rudder.

I can't see my previous post, but, I'm worried I put the wrong gift basket. I want to enter for #2. Though, honestly, they are all amazing so it wouldn't be a disappointment to get any of them!
Amy said…
Hey Becky,

I posted your link on Facebook, Twitter (@MissionalMama) and on my blog (http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/2011/04/huge-childrens-hopechest-blog-giveaway.html)

Blessings and hope you raise a lot,
Amy M.
Donna said…
Just wanted to let you know I went to Hope Chest through your blog and just sponsored a little girl from Ethiopia.

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