Ep.97 – How to Be Part of A Child’s Hope

You can be a part of a child’s hope today. You can make a difference in the world, and in your own life.

It starts with being open and willing to serve.

Today’s interview is with the long-time friend of Amy’s, Kevin Clegg.  Kevin is a successful businessman, father and serves on the Board of Directors at A Child’s Hope Foundation.How to Be Part of A Child's Hope

Be sure to like A Child’s Hope Foundation on Facebook.

Particularly today, as you listen, pay attention to:

  • Specific feelings in your heart
  • What your mind tells you to do next
  • Then, be sure to write that down for guidance on your personal journey.
  • If you’d like, share your feedback with me.  I would love to know what comes up for you.

Show notes

Finding a way to give more to the community and the world is a way to discover more of your talents and gifts to the world.

Kevin’s request on Giving Tuesday… and the surprise from others that came from that!

How Kevin and his family found the organization and how that changed his family’s perspective on holiday giving.

Why Kevin talks about “The Kids” over again.

How the Clegg family began to make repeat visits regularly.

The timeline of the trips to make and travel looks something along the lines of…

  1. Tuesday night travel together.
  2. Wednesday- Friday schedule. Mornings are working service projects and afternoons are filled with fun family activities with the children.
  3. Saturday family fiesta time!

How you can help even if you have no idea how to work with construction/industrial tools.

The main goal is to engage in the role of aunt/uncle or cousin of the kids in the orphanages to help.

The recommended age to bring your children to help and have a complete experience to serve and give in the projects.  Kids connect can throughout the entire week.

The group of family friends, like-minded people, that becomes friends and has reunions.

A Child’s Hope Beginning

How Paul Cook started the organization with a group in Haiti.

The story of one man helping over 1,200 kids.

The vision of the organization: Connecting kids with families. Back to their families, to a relative, adopted to another family, or giving them the best family experience within the orphanage to be able to have a good life afterward. And how they are bringing this vision to fruition.

Why money isn’t always the solution to this situation.

Relationships are a critical component of the effort.

One of the challenges they face is: “Who can give what to help these kids?”  Matching the right person with the right opportunity.

They are completing over 25 trips with over 1,000 volunteers this year.

How This Opportunity has Helped Kevin

Why Kevin is so lit up to talk about this.

How the energy he receives from giving in this capacity overflows into other areas of his life.  He shares specific examples of how he has seen this evidenced in his own life.

The passion that he has seen throughout this experience.

“Goodness happens when you’re trying to give to others.”

People want to learn more and are attracted to your energy when you have that passion.

“It’s never exactly what you expect either.”

“Connecting orphans with the givers who will help them thrive.”

Why they work to make it affordable to give. It’s about making sure to help families have this experience.

This is not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We want you to come back again and again.

You can get your questions answered at ACHF.org.

Working with ACHF may not be the right fit for you. That’s certainly okay.

Closing

Kevin wanted to find something to help his family see a bigger picture of the world, and the decisions that they make have an impact on those around them.  What he received was a life-changing opportunity and now is impacting the lives of hundreds of children, and ultimately, the world.

Your decision to move forward doesn’t start out to make an impact on the world. It starts with finding something that lights you up.

You enrich your life and are impacting the world with that.

Find a way to have an experience, give more to the world, and come alive.

Because, when you enrich a woman’s life, you impact her entire circle of influence.

Hey USO, Thank you!

So May,  besides the end of the school year, the summer kick off and Memorial Day,  is Military Appreciation Month, did ya know? Me neither.  Especially this Memorial Day Weekend, I need to take a moment and say thanks to one organization that volunteers many hours to help our armed forces: the USO.

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We thank you, USO!

Oh?  You’re not sure who the USO is?  You think of concerts in the desert with the latest country music star singing their latest hits?  I totally used to think like that.  In fact, as a kid, I thought the USO kept Bob Hope in business telling jokes to soldiers around the globe. Um, not exactly.

The USO has supported the military since before World War II.  At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had several organizations ramping up to give support the troops for another war, including:  the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the YWCA, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board.  So FDR pooled them together and organized the United Service Organizations.  Their purpose was simple:  provide emotional support that the troops needed. And this launched a power project that has been in action since.  Besides sending celebrities to uplift our troops, they have given International phone cards to those deployed to talk to family members; created over a million care packages for our troops; sent mini care centers for troops to get some rest and so much more.

I had heard of the USO and had heard that they have locations in airports, but had no idea about this organization.  Until a couple of weeks ago.  Let me tell you our story.  We have been home in the Seattle area and were heading to California so our daughter could share her birthday with grandparents.  We planned to arrive at the airport at 3 for a 5pM flight. You know, the norm. But without traffic we arrived at [2:30] and as we checked in we were told that the flight needed some mechanical repairs and our 5 o’ clock flight would depart at [9:45]PM. Ugh.

Now here we are at SeaTac, with an extra 6 hours to entertain our 2-turning-3 year-old.  I suggested we go to the food court so she could watch the planes, hubby said we should go check out the USO.  Um, aren’t those just for the troops?  Are you sure?  We decided to go check out the USO and if it was awkward, we’d head back to the food court.  Whoa.  Was I wrong!  What an incredible experience we had.

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USO Puget Sound

They welcomed us in, treated us like family, had a cooler/fridge unit with sandwiches, snacks and drinks.  All free.  Oh, they gave us a couple boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and a pack of gum to take for the flight (and we’re talking Thin Mints and Samoas, baby.)  They had couches, and a room where you sit back to enjoy a movie, and even a little nursery where kids could play and families could stay together.  It was wonderful!  They have a back room with showers for those crossing the globe and it just felt cozy.  But the best part of the Puget Sound USO was the people!

It was like coming home on Christmas!  The volunteers made our little girl feel like a celebrity!  We were so well-taken care of,  (I may have even taken a nap.)  Thank you so much!  Thank you for your genuine kindness and concern for our little family.

Now we are pretty independent family.  We take care of ourselves as best we can, but when we found ourselves in a jam, the USO made our very small, insignificant, rough afternoon situation a great one.  Since then, I’ve been told of just a few things they have done to help families traveling through the airports.  I can only imagine what they do for the troops across the globe!

And I’ve been thinking about this experience for the past few weeks.  This is an organization I’d like to get involved in when I am not in the “little ones underfoot” stage of life.  But guess what?  I’m learning that when there is a real desire to do something- opportunity seems to arise.  I can help with small contributions today.  Look what they just shared with the world.

 

I definitely will be finding those mini toothpaste tubes and sending them off directly.  I have realized that sometimes I’m looking for a big way to help.  I’d love to be there welcoming in people, offering them rest and really giving of myself, but that’s not realistic for today.  However, if I can just do one small thing regularly, I can help other families, too.  Truly, USO of Puget Sound, THANK YOU!

Have you found a way to serve recently?  I’d love to hear all about it.  Tell me about in in the comments, please.