Advocacy: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Matter

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Orphans in KenyaWhat is your family doing for Halloween?  If you’re like us, you’re probably expecting troves of zombies, princesses, Lady Gagas, super heroes, and Harry Potters and casts of his characters. And similarly, you’ve purchased an obscene amount of unhealthy, although delicious, candy and other yummies to give out to costumed children who will bravely knock on your door or ring your doorbell, issuing loud choruses of “Trick-or-treat!” on Halloween night. (*Even if you don’t celebrate Halloween, please read on.)

What if you took the money you spent on candy and decorations or earmarked the same amount to help orphans and vulnerable children around the world? The Joint Council on International Children Services (JCICS) is challenging parents everywhere to make Change for Children.

Consider sharing the facts about (in age-appropriate language) of family-less, homeless, vulnerable children with your children.  I’ve done this with my kiddos and they’ve come up with generous, compassionate and creative ideas on how to help other kids.

In addition to involving kids, JCICS has laid out additional ideas for fundraising and orphan awareness this Halloween, helping to make every child count and have a safe, permanent, loving family.  Find out more about JCICS and their mission here.

~ Photo by linz_ellinas’

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