Joanna is turning 28 years old on October 4th!
Shane and I sponsor a child through Compassion International. Her name is Ali. She’s 8 years old and lives in Mexico. For my birthday this year, instead of a gift for myself, I am asking my friends and family to donate money to Ali. And if you REALLY want to be awesome, you can sponsor a child yourself!
To sponsor a child, it is $38 a month. This monthly support provides Ali with medical check-ups, nutritious food, health and hygiene training, educational assistance, access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief, mentoring to help her discover her incredible value as God’s child, and most importantly, Ali will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.
We write Ali once a month, and sometimes we write an extra letter so she’ll get two in one month! We love writing to Ali because it is one way we can share the love of God with her, encourage her, and ask how we can pray for her. If you feel like crying today, scroll down this page and read the number one reason to write a letter. Depending on the center, the sponsor letters are distributed once a week or once a month. When their name is called that they got a letter from their sponsor, they feel SO loved and SO happy. I love that Ali will experience that every month because of the words that we write to her.
Above and beyond the $38/month sponsorship, we are allowed to give her up to $200 a year ($100 birthday, $100 in general) for herself, which would go towards purchasing school supplies, maybe a bed and basic clothing, etc. We cannot choose the gift, but the local Compassion center takes the gifted money and decides what would be best for her. They do not hand over the actual money, because most families live on less than $2/day, so it may put them in danger if they were to have all those pesos in their home. We are also allowed to give her family up to $1,000 a year, which would go towards purchasing livestock, household equipment, or establishing a small business. I saw a video about a struggling fisherman trying to support his family, including someone’s sponsor child, so the family gift enabled the Compassion team to purchase this man a fishing boat motor so he could be a much more efficient fisherman, and even hire employees! Wow, just think about how a simple motor can totally transform a family! It really makes me think about the things that we take for granted in America.
We are still trying to get out of debt ourselves, so giving an extra $1,200 year is just a pipe dream, but I want to do at least a little bit. So I am giving my birthday to Ali. It’s the least I can do.
Since I’m turning 28 years old, my goal is to raise $280.
$50 would go to Ali, and $230 (or more??!!) would go to the family. My birthday is October 4th. The Compassion website states that the cutoff for Christmas is October 31st, so the plan is to send it in before then so Ali and her family can receive their gift(s) by Christmas!
Please write all checks out to: Joanna Daly. Please hand-deliver it to me, or mail it to:
Daly Golf Cars
28 N Selig Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
Thank you for understanding that we do not want to post our home address online. This is Shane’s shop address. And no, the checks you write out to me are not to pay off our student loans- it will go to Ali! I promise! I can’t wait to share the total amount at the end of October, and I’m praying SO HARD that we will reach the $280 goal! Happy Birthday to me, and Merry Christmas to Ali and her family!
ps- 10% of all photography orders go towards extra gifts to Ali and her family. So thank you to our Two:20 Productions clients for hiring us to capture your family memories and helping us make a difference in Ali’s life!