When I think of my two precious boys, my heart is not only filled with love and joy and all the other feelings that come with being their mum, but I always have feelings of hope. I think you always wonder what your children will grow up to be like and ‘hope’ they possess certain traits or get to experience things that you’d love to do.
I hope my boys turn out to be wonderful gentlemen. I hope they take an interest in things. I hope they find things they’re good at and run with it. I hope the world is a better place for them when they’re older. I hope they find happiness and above all I hope they never have to suffer.
Hope is different for everyone. Some only have hope because they’ve been left with nothing else. Sometimes hope is their only friend. But hope is something that keeps lots of people going each day because it’s the only way.
Oxfam are working incredibly hard to give people hope with all the funding they receive. More and more stories of determination and resilience where people in poverty have been given a chance to accomplish great things and it’s all thanks to donations from people just like me and you.
Oxfam have come up with an ebook to show you some of the amazing achievements people have accomplished; from empowered women overcoming gender biases to business owners defying the odds in war-torn countries. The key message here is that without our donations none of this would be possible because every single penny makes a difference. People are given hope when they have nothing else because of Oxfam. Hope for the future, new skills and budding entrepreneurs are just some of the ways our donations support these peoples’ dreams. Oxfam make them a reality.
I think it’s incredible that with so little people still have hope, or are given hope, through charities like Oxfam. What is hope for you? Do you have your own story of hope? Does something in particular give you hope? Or does Christmas get you thinking about charity? It certainly does for me and I’ve supported a number of charities this Christmas. Anything from popping a pound in a charity pot, right through to changing where I buy my Christmas cards all in aid of supporting charity. I even know some people who have made very generous donations instead of buying any Christmas cards. Maybe we could all do this for one year. Not only will it support those who are in need but it will give someone hope. And everyone has a hope.
If you’d like to donate, or find out more about Oxfam’s Stories of Hope then head over to http://www.oxfam.org.uk/ where even just £1 will make a huge different this Christmas.
*This is a collaborative post.