Friday, April 16, 2010

Give Us Names

Recently, a group of kickass men after God's own heart moved into a big old house around the corner from me in Atlanta. My house is known for it's deck parties (who doesn't like Christmas lights, wine, a chiminea, and great friends...ok and great beer if Trip shows up). We threw one, they arrived, and so the friendships began.
Well after many more of these oh so festive soirées, i was enlightened to the reason why all of the guys had moved to the A.
I've never been involved with a charity longer than a few months. It's the truth and i'm not proud of it. I've changed cities and churches quite a lot between the ages of 20 and 27, so it's led me to a skating life that can't put it's root into one good work. One good charity.
After meeting these young men, that's when everything changed.

They began Give Us Names. It's a non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of Colombians affected by the complicated conflicts that have plagued their country for decades. Their objective is to release a film that brings both awareness and action in helping the war-torn nation of Columbia rebuild.

If you don't know much about Columbia other than 90% of the world's cocaine comes from there, here are a few stats:

· Columbia has the 2nd highest number of internally displaced people.
· Columbia has the highest number of children serving in armed combat.
· Columbia is home to one of the longest running conflicts in the world.

So here I have a handful of guys offering up the opportunity to finally get involved in a charity.

First, say hello:

· caleb ·
· ryan ·
· michael ·
· nance ·
· dan ·
· zack ·
· owen ·
Secondly, get involved:

1) Simply promote their website. Paste on your Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot, whatever. This allows all your family and friends the opportunity to check out their charity.

2) Donate. On their site you'll see a tab that says donate. It's through PayPal so is easy to use and secure.

3) Add them or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. On their site you'll also see these links.

I know i just grazed over what GiveUsNames is all about, so if you want to learn more, please check out their site and read their blog. There you'll find videos, documentaries of their trip to Columbia, more statistics, as well as the chance to get to know these guys better. I've added a permanent button on the right hand side of my blog that will link to their site once you click on it. If you have a blog or a website of sorts, i encourage you to do the same.

We can make a difference. I'll hopefully see you there.

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