Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blog Action Day: October 15!

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Thank you for joining Children International for Blog Action Day! On this day, thousands of bloggers around the world are coming together to take action against poverty. Please read CI writer Garrett Kenyon's urgent message below...and then take action.

Write this number down: 1-800-888-3089.

Now, Picture This...

AIDS, epilepsy, sickle-cell, Down syndrome: these are just a few of the afflictions that haunt the slums and villages where Children International works. As a newcomer to CI, it’s nearly impossible for me to fully comprehend what it means to live in abject poverty. Without experiencing it firsthand, I’ll never truly know what it’s like to struggle for my life every single day. But in order to help these children, it’s necessary first to understand the obstacles that stand in their way.

It’s not easy. Close your eyes and try to imagine what it’s like for a child with a debilitating disease to live in devastating poverty. To exist in the middle of a desperate struggle for survival in which you cannot participate. Seeing your family members (if you’re lucky) forgo their own needs to fulfill yours. That’s the reality thousands of kids face every morning when they open their eyes. For them, there is no escape, no choice in the matter.

Fortunately, we do have a choice. We can come together to right this wrong.

Click here to view our featured slideshow.

Join the Fight

Here are two ways we can take action today:

1. Make a donation – donations help pay for doctor’s visits, medicine, emergency food and other provisions these kids urgently need.

2. Sponsor a child – become a hero to one of these children by sponsoring them for just $22 a month.

Call 1-800-888-3089 now to let us know how you would like to help. Be sure to mention Blog Action Day to the Sponsor Services representative who assists you; and if you'd like to sponsor one of the children featured in the slideshow, please mention this as well.

Whether you decide to make a one-time donation or sponsor one of these special needs children, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. Our Sponsor Services staff is standing by to take your call!

If you are calling from outside the U.S., please call 816-942-2000.


Heather M said...

If someone wanted to sponsor that has the same disease that the sponsor has, how would one know? Is that specific info available to sponsors before they sponsor?

Kelly said...

Hi Heather,

Our Sponsor Services Department does have the ability to try to locate children with a specific condition. Of course, there's no guarantee that a match will exist...but it's certainly worth a try! Feel free to give them a call at 800-888-3089, and be sure to let them know you're calling regarding Blog Action Day. Thanks!!