The holiday season is right around the corner. In many places, it’s already upon us. We’ve begun searching for gifts for the people on our list. If anyone else is like me, they may be experiencing two distinct challenges about the holidays and shopping.
I’ve always wanted to find that one perfect gift for someone…since I’m giving a gift, I want it to be distinctive and unusual. I hope to express something special, a personal touch—but I want to be sure the recipient likes it. It’s hard to tell sometimes what a person may or may not want, specifically. Sweaters, ties, slippers, scarves…those are all safe bets, but too vague, sometimes. Too impersonal.
Another feeling I experience is a great desire to contribute to a worthy cause at this time of year. However, I’m not always able to give as much as I’d like. I want to give to both loved ones and strangers in need…but I wind up having to make an either/or decision.
That thought has been with me the past couple months as I’ve worked to plan an upcoming charity auction event on eBay. It suddenly came to me—what if it didn’t need to be an either/or decision? What if we could do both?
The result: Art for 1000 Wells. For ten days, right smack dab in the heart of the holiday shopping season, artists and artisans from all over the world will be offering their original creations for sale on eBay.com, with the common goal of raising funds to benefit Blood:Water Mission’s 1000 Wells Project. Paintings…drawings…fine-art photography…handmade photo albums…work that ranges from oils on canvas to watercolor on paper…from large wall art to miniature, collectible ACEOs.
The selection will be as unique as the artists and artisans themselves. Hailing from countries all over, these exceptional people are proving that it really is a small world…and there are many big hearts in it.
For these artists, their hearts are turning to Blood:Water Mission. BWM is a wonderful organization founded by the Grammy-award-winning band Jars of Clay. Through their 1000 Wells Project, they’re working to provide clean wells for clean water in a thousand African communities, and at the same time fighting against the spread of the AIDS virus. Blood:Water Mission asks challenging questions—Did you know that millions of Africans lack access to clean water? Did you know that people living with HIV/AIDS are dependent on clean water to survive? Did you know that $1 provides one year of clean water for an African?
Did you know that YOU can help save lives?
So many communities in Africa are suffering right now from poverty, disease, and violence. Yet one action on the part of others can help to make the world a better place. If one dollar can make such a difference, what about one blog post to spread the word…one phone call to a friend who is doing their Christmas shopping…one piece of original artwork, offered for sale for the cause?
Are there any artists reading this post? I welcome you to join in! Our group website has all the information.
Anyone doing their holiday shopping? I invite you to stop by eBay.com from Saturday, November 24th, to Tuesday, December 4th, and use our keyword search term–TWBW (Thousand Wells Blood Water). Perhaps among these outstanding original creations, you’ll find that one perfect gift for someone on your list.
And with one gift purchase, you’ll really be giving twice.