Jovenes Update

As the holiday season starts to come to a close, I just want to say thank you.


Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the donations, good thoughts, and prayers you’ve been sending for Jovenes, the orphanage that Holly and I are raising money for this holiday season.


As of right now, we’re at $715!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this – we are SO CLOSE to hitting our goal of $1,000, but the end of December is coming quickly!

If you’re still looking for a group to give back to or a great organization to support, please consider Jovenes.

If you can, we would be honored if you all would help out.

It takes $28,000 per MONTH to keep Jovenes running, and while I know money is tight for all of us, every little bit we can raise is going to help them cover their costs.

Just to show you what your contribution can do:

  • $25 = support of children at Jovenes
  • $50 = purchase backpacks & school supplies
  • $75 = funds skills training program
  • $100 = purchase school shoes & uniforms

The minimum donation is whatever you want it to be. Maybe you can go without a new jar of almond butter or coconut milk ice cream and donate that $5-10 here instead. Or maybe you can give more and sacrifice your holiday lattes for the month of December. In the grand scheme of things, it might not be much of a sacrifice for YOU, but it can make a huge difference to them.

I can vouch for this orphanage, for this program, for these boys: anything, everything you can give, is used to keep the orphanage running, to keep the boys healthy and educated and to help give them a life that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Please consider giving this season.

Share the blessings you’ve received with someone less fortunate.

If you are feeling merry this holiday season,
please click here to donate to Jovenes!

Or here.

And perhaps here.

You can click here too.

Donations are completely secure and private.

We would appreciate any linkbacks you can give to this on your blog, e-mails you can send to family + friends as well as any other ways you can think to encourage others to donate (Tweet! Facebook! Call!). 

Again, we are hoping for $1000 by Christmas so we can provide Jovenes with the much-needed funds to help them continue doing their selfless, amazing work.

Thank you all for everything you do – I know how amazing this community is and the power that comes when people truly get behind something they believe in.

Love and good wishes,

Holly + me


  1. Thanks for putting this opportunity out there – Merry Christmas!

  2. You are such a wonderful person for being so passionate about this cause! Donating now:)

  3. Wow you are so close to your goal! You and holly are really doing something amazing here.

  4. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Brandi! :D

  5. the new house is ADORABLE!!!

    and i was totally going to do almost this exact same post tonight. great minds think alike :)

    hope you had a wonderful holiday love!!!

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