Yesterday, December 6th, my community (Ubuntu) and I hosted the a silent art auction called “Have a Peace and Justice Christmas.” We made all kinds of crafts and ornaments to auction off. A local artist even donated one of his prints! It was my first time planning a fundraiser by myself so I was very nervous that it would be a complete flop…
but it was just the opposite! We had a wonderful turnout; members of the community as well as the student body here at Bluffton University, came out to see some art and support the Haiti Water Project!
Although we did raise an amount that I was proud of, the event was not just successful monetarily. I was able to talk with many members of the community about what Haiti Water Project is and why it’s important. People should know that sometimes life’s biggest problems have simple solutions! It’s important that we raised money, but I think it’s just as important to empower people to affect change in their community and abroad!
Last night I watched my close friends and people that I had never met before rally around a cause that is important to me. I don’t know if I can remember a time when I was more aware of the love of God than seeing this community work together to support HWP. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to see something that was nothing more than an idea a little over a month ago, become something so beautiful.
There are few things that are impossible if you have an idea, a cause, and a fabulous community to work with
Andrea Flack is studying social work, religion, and ESL at Bluffton University in Ohio. She likes John Mayer, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Irresistible Revolution and suggests eating Oreo O’s for your Christmas breakfast…and with that information you could be Facebook friends.