In Life

Big House

Micah emailed me last month, she was interested in purchasing an ad on the sidebar. She is the director of Big House Foundation, a non-profit , Christ-centered organization in the Lee County, Alabama {Auburn/Opelika area} that connects the needs of foster families with the the community. Big House has applied for a grant through Pepsi Refresh for $25,000 and Micah wanted to spread the word. I told her it was my honor to share the word and purchasing an ad would NOT be necessary, as James 1:27 commands “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

After I watched this video {with tears in my eyes}, I thought what a simple task this would be… to spread the word of an organization that is making an eternal impact in the lives of children who are from broken homes and looking for acceptance, stability, and love.

This video is incredible, I promise it will encourage your heart to know what BigHouse is doing for both foster children and the families that are caring for them!

I asked Micah to tell me more about Big House and this is what she shared…

I started BigHouse about a year ago after my parents became foster parents and my eyes were opened to the physical, spiritual, emotional, and cognitive needs children in foster care have. Our organization currently provides free access to a completely stocked clothes closet where families can shop, as well as swimsuit and towel drives, school supplies, Christmas parties, and other fun events for the kids to participate in. We are now gearing up to begin our summer and after-school programs where we will provide tutoring, art, dance, music, and sports to kids who so desperately need to be kids! These extracurricular activities are often too expensive for foster parents to afford on their own, thus their children do not get to participate. We want to change that!

We are now gearing up to do summer camps and begin our full after school program this fall. We are having our 2nd Annual Swimsuit and Towel drive March 28th– May 1st. Last year, we collected over 65 new swimsuits and beach towels for the kids. Each towel was monogrammed with the child’s name. This little detail was the highlight of our drive. It makes such a difference to the kids to know that they have something that is all theirs.  Other events we have planned for the spring are a yard sale on May 1st, an Open House and Silent Auction, and a day of lemonade stands all across the area to raise money for BigHouse on June 5th.  We want to encourage kids to help other kids, and who doesn’t like having a lemonade stand!

In addition to a simple click over to the Pepsi site to vote {which takes just a couple seconds}, there are other ways you can help BigHouse {especially if you are local}, by donating items, your time, your talents,  or financially. You can also help us spread the word on your blog or website by copying and pasting the code below on your sidebar or in a post… it will create a button like I have on the sidebar and link directly to the Pepsi voting site!

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Instead of commenting… click over to vote for BigHouse! They will be up for voting the entire month of April. The link to do so will remain on the sidebar the entire month, so if you see it, click on it and vote! The grant is completely based on the number of votes, and you can vote 1 time each day for BigHouse.

Have a great weekend!!

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