Saturday, October 26, 2013

iGive, YouGive, WeAllGive!

Online shopping. 
Everybody does it. 
If you're reading our blog, 
you probably do it too. is one of the simplest online fundraising tools we've ever used! You can make a donation to The Red Thread Promise every time you shop online. Even better, if you sign up as a new member before November 12, 2013, The Red Thread receives a $5 bonus!

  1. Sign up — no cost, obligations or hidden fees.
  2. Choose The Red Thread Promise as your charity.
  3. Search from over 1,350 participating stores on iGive.
  4. Click on the store name and you'll be directed to that store's website.
  5. Then SHOP!
  6. You can even track how much you've given to your cause.
iGive takes care of the rest. They make arrangements with online retailers to give a percentage of the profits directly to your charity of choice. No additional cost to you. Just begin your transaction from iGive so they can track the purchase and make the donation.

We've received over $600 in donations from iGive members - that's enough to feed one hungry child in Haiti for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR with leftovers ($540 = 810 meals).

Here's a handful of stores you can choose from (and we didn't even make it past C!):
  • Aeropostale
  • American Airlines
  • Apple Store
  • AT&T
  • Autism Speaks
  • Avon
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Burger King
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Cabela's
  • Caché
  • Cafe Press
Let's take that headline to heart. 

If WeAllGive, together, we'll provide more hippotherapy, more surgeries, more fresh food and more love to kids with disabilities.

Change shopping for good through iGive.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


On behalf of The Red Thread Promise, we want to thank you for your continued support of our organization. Without people like you, we wouldn't be where we are today, beginning our 10th anniversary celebration! 

We have served countless children in China, Haiti, Uganda and the USA over the past decade. We look forward to continuing our mission—providing hope and healing to needy and orphaned children—with you at our side! 

As 2014 approaches, we wanted to share some exciting opportunities to serve and be in mission with us.

In the US, we will continue offering bi-annual trips in the spring and fall to McKenna Farms, our partner providing hippotherapy and therapeutic riding in the south (Dallas, GA). We are excited to announce that we will begin hosting mission trips to our new partner farm in the north, HillTop Equestrian Center (West Alexandria, OH) as well! During these missions, each team performs a variety of stable, grounds and facility work, learns about the therapy offered and the impact it has on young lives, and—most importantly—meets some of the kids we sponsor in our own backyards.

McKenna Farms, Georgia
HillTop Equestrian Center, Ohio
With more than 15 trips to St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children over the past three years, The Red Thread will continue offering medical and non-medical mission trips to St. Vincent’s in Port-au-Prince and other areas in Haiti. We have an exciting opportunity to visit a Haitian hippotherapy farm during our upcoming trip (Nov. 2013) and are hopeful to begin a relationship there. This would allow us to offer both hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to kids at St. Vincent's. As we focus on these major medical issues, we will no longer offer Camp Jake. The Red Thread celebrates the three successful sessions we completed over the past two years and we look forward to offering new opportunities that will enrich the children’s lives and improve their health.

St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children, Haiti
As The Red Thread team reflects on our years of service and looks to the future, we feel our organization is poised to delve deeper into life-changing medical care for disadvantaged children. We will continue to provide services that the child would not receive without intervention, including surgeries, long-term medical treatment, therapy and nutrition. By improving the state of these kids’ health, together, we make a lasting irreversible positive impact on a child’s life, increase their self-confidence, and open doors to a better future. 
Who knows where 2014 will lead? It may be the perfect time for our first trips to China and Uganda. Wouldn’t that be a grand way to celebrate our anniversary?!

We look forward to sharing details of upcoming travel and gifting opportunities as we work together to care for needy and orphaned children, TEN YEARS and counting!

Monday, October 14, 2013

HAITI :: Fresh-squeezed philanthropy

Anthony, aka "the Lemonade Guy" 
Contrary to popular belief, goodwill surrounds us. Sometimes we just have to open our eyes wide enough to see it. It is a beautiful sight wherever we find it, especially when we recognize it as the twinkle in an 8-year-old's eye. 

Meet Anthony, a second grader from Houston, Texas whose goodwill materialized in the form of a lemonade stand. For two days he operated his lemonade stand with a sign stating "50 cents for each cup. Goes to charity." Over that time he raised nearly $50 for The Red Thread to benefit kids in Haiti.

We are extremely blessed to know young people like Anthony, KimmieZach, Maggie, Elyse, Brookie, Marigny, Emily, Carleigh and Zach, and students at Columbus Montessori Education Center who follow their heart and take time to serve others in a meaningful way. We hope these stories encourage other youth to find ways to make a difference in our world.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

UGANDA :: What's new in Uganda?

Missy and one of the girls in Kampala

Something BIG! 

We are pleased to share that the new temporary shelter for women and girls in Kampala, Uganda is open and operational, the first of its kind in the city! What a blessing for sexually abused, battered and traumatized refugee women to have a safe place to go, sheltered from their oppressors, where they can begin to heal, both inside and out. 
Did you know… The United Nations (UNFPA) estimates that 1 in 3 women, worldwide will be affected by violence in their lifetime. One in THREE daughters of God will be violated, abused, oppressed. For refugee women and girls, this reality is much harsher because this violence is compounded by war, the loss of family members and friends, inadequate food, shelter, access to medical care or education.
Our partners at Refuge and Hope worked tirelessly throughout the summer to find the perfect property to house these victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. This safe haven will be where the girls live, eat, sleep and learn trades; receive medical care (physical and gynecological exams, lab test and medications funded by The Red Thread Promise); have access to legal assistance, counseling and other critical services. 

But more importantly…

It is where they will take their first steps to leaving their past behind.
It is where they begin to move forward with their lives.
It is where they will learn to hope again. 

As we consider the dire circumstances these women and children endure, we begin to have a better understanding of the shelter’s importance. The Red Thread is proud to be a part of this ministry. 

A word of thanks from Missy in Uganda:
“Thank you [Red Thread] for tangibly assisting these women and girls in their healing process by providing medical care for these residents. It is absolutely crucial! The physical ailments that they are experiencing are also triggers and painful reminders of the traumas that they have endured. It is difficult to focus on receiving training, education or counseling when one is physically in pain.” 

The emergency shelter
Living room
Community center