For all of you Lulu fans---this post is for you :) and please read the end of this post, because I think the story will move and inspire you.
Dress- Zara (old) (similar style here)
Cardigan- J.Crew (other styles here)
Shoes- Ivanka Trump
Necklace- Banana Republic
Before I go, I want to share with you this incredibly inspirational story. You may remember that one of my readers, Joel from Saadia Organics (my review of their 100% argan oil is here) hosted a giveaway last year. We've kept in touch since, and when she emailed me with this story about her daughter, I was moved and just had to share with my readers.
Joel's daughter, Eden, who is turning five next month, decided that she wanted to forgo birthday presents for herself this year so she can make bedtime better for poor Moroccan kids. You can read her full blog post here, but I am also posting it here because I think this is an incredible cause and so inspiring that a girl so young would have the heart to give and be so philanthropic at such a young age.
Hi everyone! My name is Eden and I’m going to be five years old on August 15th. I am very lucky. I have lots of clothes, toys, books and I even have my own room. But I have been to Morocco where my Grandma Saadia lives. Lots of the kids there don’t have very many things. No toys or art stuff. And not very many clothes to wear. Some kids smaller than me have to sell tissues on the streets for money. It makes me feel sad.
I was surprised when my Daddy told me that hardly any poor Moroccan kids have pajamas. I have lots and lots and lots of pajamas. I wear a fresh pair every night. But not Moroccan kids. They just wear their school clothes when they sleep.
I don’t like bedtime very much. I’d rather stay up and play or do fun things. Sleeping is boring. But I am happy that I have nice pajamas to wear. I put them on and then I brush my teeth and then I go to bed. I want Moroccan kids to have these things, too.
My birthday party is on August 11th this year. I am asking my guests to bring presents for kids in the countryside of Morocco instead of presents for me. My mom asked me how many pairs of pajamas I’d like to collect. I said 30. Then I asked her how many poor kids there are in Morocco. She said a few million. Then I changed my mind. I would like to collect presents for at least 300 kids in Morocco. Wouldn’t it be crazy if we got 3000?
If you would like to help you can send a package directly to my Grandma in Essaouira. In the package, please put:
- 1 pair of brand new pajamas (for hot weather or cool weather) for a school-aged girl or boy (size 5-12)
- 1 new kids toothbrush (most kids don’t get to go to the dentist in Morocco)
- 1 new tube of kids toothpaste
And take it to the post office and mail it to:
Rue Chbanate No. 118
tel: 0666 25 20 84
After my Grandma gets these packages, she will give them to my Uncle Omar. He is a teacher in a poor school in the countryside. If he gets lots and lots of pajamas, he will give them to other schools with kids who need things. If you want to add some school supplies in the package for the kids, that would be nice, too. But I really want lots of kids to get new pajamas this summer.
Please help my birthday wish come true!
Dear readers--- if you were as touched as I was by Eden's project, and if you can, please consider sending a pair of pyjamas to a child in Morocco and help make Eden's wish come true. I am planning on sending a pair or two myself.
Thank you so much for reading!