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Forget shopping, consider hope – part 2

It is 6am on Black Friday… I wonder how many people are out shopping. I wonder why people are shopping. Sure, I saw the sales circulars – lots of “doorbuster” deals.

Why bust the door? To spend money to save money? I’m not so sure that I follow that.

All I can think about right now is hope. And not just any hope, it is specific. I am thinking of Hopeworks ‘N Camden. We all live where we live, we all have local charities. As with my shopping, I try to support charities, like merchants, who are local. You see, sometimes we must, like with our shopping, look further afield for some reason.

These crosses are put up for each Camden murder victim. There are a lot of crosses. And ever growing.

Let’s talk about Camden, NJ for a moment. It is known as the most dangerous city in the country. Did you know that the murder rate in Camden is off the charts? Not the achievement one would hope for. More than half the children of Camden live below poverty. More. Than. Half. And the police force – well, that is just one big hot mess. Drug use? Gangs and cartels run rampant.

Let’s get back to hope. HOPE. More specifically, Hopeworks ‘N Camden. This is a remarkable organization in a challenging city. When I think of Black Friday in Camden, I’m thinking that most people there do not have the luxury – either cash or freedom-wise – to go shopping at 5am for a “doorbuster.” In fact a “doorbuster” in Camden, might mean weapons and death.

Sorry to be so dramatic, but hope requires drama sometimes. Especially when it it real and not some TV show that you can turn off.

Here is my Black Friday “shopping” offer for you. It will cost you $10. Can you swing that? For some of us $10 is a lot more than it is for others. When I think about how many people read this blog, I think that there must be a few who can spare the $10. And when I think of the Christian virtues of hope and service, I think that the $10 can come from our need and not just our surplus. (Cue Widow’s Mite Gospel…)

For $10 you can donate money to Hopeworks and be entered to win AMC Movie Passes for a year. Free movies for one year. For two people. When you consider that it costs $10 or more to get into the movies, you can see what a deal this is!

Now pity us poor Albany-folk, who are AMC-less… However, some of you live elsewhere, no doubt awash in AMC theatres. I can think of so many people that I know that would enjoy a gift of free movies in some AMC-ish place.

When you consider your shopping plans today, please consider taking $10 of it, and donating to this great cause. Whether you win the movie tickets or not, somebody wins. Most of us are feeling bloated from yesterday’s huge turkey dinner. Most of us don’t even want to leave the house today.

Then don’t leave. Have your own doorbuster special by doing this. Bust open the door of hope, Hopeworks ‘N Camden specifically. There are a lot of you out there. I’m counting on you to chip in.

Forget shopping, consider hope, donate hope, give hope on this Black Friday. And make it a day of light!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

(If you don’t want to be in the drawing, you can simply donate to Hopeworks at this link.)

One Response

  1. Fran, what an excellent challenge you have placed here.

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