Party With A Purpose…or…How Baking Christmas Goodies Helps A Family Get Out Of Poverty

My friend, Jessica, is a woman to be reckoned with.

Both she and I have made the transition from working mothers to stay-at-home mothers. The transition has not been easy for either one of us.  While I do manage to keep the house clean and run my kids to all of their school activities, I have not done anything that I’ve set out to do.

No exercise.

No writing.

No missional living of any kind.

I can’t seem to do more than meet the “minimum requirements” of life.

Jessica on the other hand is actively looking for ways to live out her passions, be a great example to her daughter, and make a difference in the world.

After reading Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, (a book I will be reading soon) my friend did a mental inventory of her abilities and brainstormed for ways to help women…specifically one family living in poverty.

And Messy Jessy’s 1st Holiday Tea and Sweet Treat Exchange was born.

Jessica invited over 20 women to come to her home last weekend for a cookie exchange. Those in attendance baked 2-3 dozen of their favorite treats and then everyone took a sampling of everyone’s wares home.


So how does this help a family in poverty?

Each person in attendance donated $3 to World Vision. Word spread beyond the party and more people donated. Approximately $100 was collected and will be used to purchase a goat and two chickens for a family living in poverty in another country. These animals will provide a way for a family to feed themselves and earn income by the eggs and goats milk these animals produce.

Jessica amazes me and has shown all of us in attendance that we can’t fix EVERYTHING but we can do SOMETHING and because of her actions, one family is being helped.

At the party she told everyone that her goal is to host this party every year with more and more people and maybe someday enough money would be raised to purchase a well.

She humbles me and challenges me.

So…I’ve decided to do something. I’ve had an old Mason jar sitting in my kitchen cabinet for years. Between now and next year’s Treat Exchange, I’ll steadily fill that jar with spare coins and bills.

Maybe next year we’ll be able to do more.

In the meantime, while I’m filling my jar, I’ll be looking for ways that I can put my abilities to work as well.

Thanks, Jess. I’m honored to call you my friend.

One thought on “Party With A Purpose…or…How Baking Christmas Goodies Helps A Family Get Out Of Poverty

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