Persistence

What we have been up to…we have reached out to some very close friends and family members and have asked them their thoughts on this idea of having a global nonprofit that was directly linked to consignment sales and stores, and their unsold items, and their faces are usually always well, pretty emotionless.  Which is AWESOME because in a weird way it inspires me even more.

What is it that the DAR Project wants to do?  Basically, we are in process of collecting donations of clothing, toys, shoes, and books from the “leftovers” of consignment sales with plans to deliver to children and parents of various countries in need. The Dar team will eventually train women in the art and business of consigning with many more ideas of ways to empower these families in the works.

So, about a week ago I was at it again and asked some girlfriends to join me for some “thinking and drinking”.  After telling a few of them my thoughts on DAR and asking them to read our blog and help in any way they could, my girlfriend Jenny, started emailing all her contacts she has abroad telling them about DAR Project.  She contacted friends in Serbia, Malawi, Saipan and Ecuador.  A few have already responded with great feedback!!!  Please, please, please continue to spread the word about the DAR Project and please let us know if you feel like you can help us in any way.  We can’t wait to show you the joy and hope we will bring to these children and women!  ❤

*Jenny- THANK YOU for believing in the DAR Project and spreading the love!

-Martha

The Children of Honduras

You give, but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”- Khalil Gibran

We have collected our first round of donations from Oak Hill Children’s Consignment Sale and have 5 more to go.  God is so good!  We continuously keep in touch with our friends and family in Honduras as they report the extreme needs these children have.  It is heart breaking to say the least.  The pictures I am sharing with you don’t seem as moving at first, but imagine going to bed knowing you will awake with the same dirty clothes you have worn for weeks on end.  Imagine wearing shoes to supposedly protect your feet but having blisters all over them because you don’t have socks.  And now imagine going to bed so hungry your tummy aches.  These are thoughts and issues these children face on a daily basis.

According to the U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans still throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year!  Most of our children’s closets are filled with clothing we no longer wear. If your children have gently worn clothing that you would like to see given to a child in need consider donating your gently used items.  These will be some of the children we will be dispersing some of your donations to.  We invite you to help us in our movement!! ❤

Let go, and Let God…

This has been a tough one for me but I am starting to get better at it.  I remember having lunch with a friend and discussing my excitement about the DAR Project, but then I began to panic thinking of all the resources I needed.  Where was I going to get the money to start a nonprofit organization?  We are a young family who lives within our means.  I questioned where I store all of the donations. Honestly, I still don’t know the answers, but in a weird way it inspires me.  It inspires me to become more creative in my thought process and has given me that competitive drive.  I WANT to make this happen, it’s a DREAM, and now what can I lose?  Not a whole lot.

I keep telling myself, some of the best companies got their start from officing out of their car, garage or bedroom.  For example in the early 1950’s a Californian couple started a picture frame business based out of their garage.  They were also making dollhouses and soon realized that toys were more profitable than picture frames.  Shortly after, they released a doll to go with their dollhouse and they named her Barbie.  Their company- Mattel

I don’t know what the future holds for this little project, the DAR Project.  But I am so thankful for the people God has put in our path.  We collect our first donations this Saturday and I am so excited and still nervous, but I am letting go and letting God.

-Martha

New year, new thoughts

This past Tuesday I turned 29.  I thought about an awesome friend who has created a movement called the BECOME A HUMAN PROJECT.   The Become a Human Project is about exploring new ways to challenge people to think about humanity and their responsibilities towards humanity.  So it got me thinking.  I have turned a year older, what do I want to accomplish in my 29th year?  Who is the person I want to continue to evolve into?  During my thought process  this is what I came up with…  I discovered that its more important to understand why we exist, rather than what we do or how we do it. I discovered that when I know my why, it will forever change me being a wife, a mother, a friend, but more importantly, it will revolutionize the way I live my life.

So what about YOU?  Why do YOU exsit?  I challenge you to really think about it and hopefully you too will be inspired to DAR and revolutionaize the way you live your life.  ❤

-Martha