Thursday, November 1, 2007

Coins for Change

Okay, I know you all have spare change. Everyone does. I'm up to my eyeballs in pennies because, let's face it, we just don't use change like we did when we thought the stuff from the quarter machines was quality.So what do you do with all that spare coinage? I put mine in a bottle. Some leave it in their pockets or purses. Some throw it on the ground.

Well, here's an alternative: donate it. Even if it's just pennies.

World AIDS Day is December 1st (and the unveiling of the Wall of Hope). I'm hoping to also present at least $100 to the ONE Campaign for children in Africa suffering from AIDS.

So here's the plan:
Collect as much change as you can. From anyone you can. Let's see if we can't make just $100. Who knows? We could raise more!
Also, I'm looking for someone to sort of "head up" the project in areas I can't personally reach everyday. This person would be in charge of collecting, counting, and posting the total for each week under this topic. They would hold on to the container that their area used to collect the change. I will, of course, head up the UNCC area, provide containers, advertisement, ideas, etc. You can even get up a team if you want. See which school can raise the most or something. Get your youth group involved.
If you're interested, please send me an email with your name, email address, and the area you want to cover. If you want to donate, please email me and I'll let you know where to send the money.
So go get 'em! I know we can do this!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The I Find Hope Project

Where do you find hope?

Is it in the breath of a new born child?
Is it in the advance of medicine?
Is it in your religion and the love of your God?

We all have hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for peace. Everyone has hope for something. And I want to know what you have hope for.

I have hope that one day, we will end the spread of HIV/AIDS. I have hope that one day, hungry children will be fed. I have hope that one day, the naked will be clothed.

I find hope in my friends. In my family. In my neighbors and classmates.
I find hope in music and the message it can bring.

So I have a favor to ask all of you, my friends:
In honor of World AIDS Day, which is this up-coming December 1st, I am creating a Wall of Hope. I call it the “I Find Hope Project”.
It’s really simple. All you have to do is send me something that brings you hope.
It can be a drawing, a photograph, a poem, an awareness ribbon: anything. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with AIDS and it doesn’t have to have your name on it. Please, try to send before December 1st, but I’ll be taking anything for as long as you want to send it. Please help me you! Thank you all so much in advance!

If you’d like to put something on the Wall, please send submissions to:
A. Champion
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
or to