In January 2019, I found myself sitting in a cold classroom. My mind was spinning from staggering statistics that I could not grasp. Committed to a goal I set for myself the previous fall, I reminded myself that failure was not an option.
My goal was to actively learn more about the silent crisis that is taking over our country. I researched it, I wrote about it, and now it was time to do something about it. So I signed up to take a course that was held by our local CASA (court appointed special advocates) organization.
In that cold classroom, I learned about the alarmingly high rates of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. According to a recent news article, in 2017, Kentucky had the highest rates in the entire United States and has since continued this disproportionate trend of more than double the national average.
My CASA class also talked about the legal systems in place to handle this increasing problem. While the primary goal is to bring healing and restoration to the family unit, this is not always possible. There are times that for their safety, children must be removed from their homes.
The process of removing children from their homes doesn’t always come with advanced notice, so it’s not uncommon for children to be transferred from location to location with nothing more than a garbage bag full of their worldly possessions. Sometimes children find themselves away from home during meaningful times like birthdays and holidays.
And this is where you come in.
A local residential facility is working very hard to help children who will be away from their homes this holiday season. I spoke with Lillian, the facility representative, she told me of the many skin conditions that the children are suffering from while they are at the facility. As we talked, I could only imagine the blessing and comfort that we could share with the children this December.
Between now and December 10, 2019, every soap you purchase will provide a child with a bar of soap. Our goal is for every child to have one year’s worth of soap for Christmas.
To participate, all you have to do is purchase soap from Hyssop Tree. Every purchase from the website as well as every purchase made during the Holiday Market in Louisville will provide soap for the children: one bar for each soap you purchase.
If you are in the Elizabethtown area, or if you will be coming to the holiday market, there is a second opportunity to help. The children have been so excited about the “fuzzy socks” that seem to be at every shopping outlet. While you are out and about, please pick up a pair of new fuzzy socks and drop them off (in their original packaging) to me. I will be taking them with the soap so they can stay warm this season.
Purchasing soaps from Hyssop Tree is a great way to get your Christmas shopping done early and to make a difference in our community. Please share this post using the links below, and then shop Hyssop Tree soaps. Your participation will help children in need this Christmas. Let’s hurry – there are only 3 weeks left!
Hyssop Tree will be permanently closed starting March 31, 2021.