When I decided to create the Sweet Tea Faith Shop, I knew it had to be about something bigger than myself. I wanted the items in the shop to bless others, and with the Pay-It-Forward Initiative, the shop has the potential to bless people who don't know it even exists. This month, the shop will Pay It Forward with My Stuff Bags Foundation.
The Sweet Tea Faith Shop is a collection of items that I use in my daily Bible study, inspirational gifts I’ve given to others, and exclusive items designed by me specifically for Sweet Tea Ministry.
For anyone who purchases from the Sweet Tea Faith Shop, my prayer is that they will be blessed by what they receive.
BUT I WANTED TO DO MORE.
You see, when you purchase from the Sweet Tea Faith Shop, you help keep this ministry going. And because of that, we get to pay it forward.
ABOUT THE SWEET TEA FAITH SHOP
The shop was created out of a desire to put together a list of all the things I use in my daily Bible study. Each time I share a photo of my Bible and notes on Instagram or Facebook, inevitably someone asks me what Bible I use, or what those colorful markers are.
That’s why many of the items in the shop are affiliate links to those items. When you click the “Buy Now” button on affiliate items, you will be redirected to a third-party vendor to complete your purchase.
You’ll see my Bible and other books from Christian Bookstore, Write the Word journals and the Make It Happen pouch from Cultivate What Matters, and various pens and markers from Amazon.
Other items in the Sweet Tea Faith Shop have been designed exclusively for Sweet Tea Ministry. These items will be sold for a limited time, with new items added to the shop monthly.
These items make great gifts for yourself and others, and include things like tees, totes, and jewelry.
THE PAY-IT-FORWARD INITIATIVE
The Pay-It-Forward Initiative is part of the Sweet Tea Faith Shop. Each month in the shop, you will see one featured item, and 100% of the profits from the sale of that item will go to a designated charity.
In addition, 10% of the profits from the shop as a whole will go to a designated charity each month.
This means that your purchases help support my small business, as well as the monthly designated charities. My prayer is that the items you purchase through the Sweet Tea Faith Shop will bless you and those who receive them as gifts, and you will also research each month’s highlighted charity and consider giving.
Blessings received can turn into blessings given, and we can all PAY IT FORWARD!
CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
I will be choosing charities whose mission matches my own values, and charities who use more than 90% of their donations to support their mission. A few of the charities we will work with include Help 4 Haiti, DAV Charitable Service Trust, and The Voice of the Martyrs.
Each month in the shop, on social media, and in the newsletter, you will be notified of the featured organization and the special shop item that supports this charity. Thank you for your support!
MY STUFF BAGS FOUNDATION
The My Stuff Bags Foundation exists because domestic and child abuse exists, homelessness exists, and unfortunately, many families have to abandon their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs.
According to the “America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being” report by ChildStats.gov, more than one-quarter of all children were victims of property crimes during the past year. Additionally, fifteen percent of children experienced child maltreatment during the past year, which includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and custodial interference or family abduction.
When children are rescued from dangerous home environments, they are taken to shelters and foster environments with no belongings. My Stuff Bags Foundation hopes to provide each of these children with a bag of items to call their own.
The My Stuff Bags Foundation provides new belongings, comfort and hope to thousands of children each year who must be rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment across the United States. Each child receives a bright blue bag filled with items they need, as well as comfort items like stuffed animals that they get to keep.
Throughout the month of June 2019, our featured charity is My Stuff Bags Foundation. For every sale of the Faith Over Fear Matte Onyx Bracelet, we will donate 100% of the profits to My Stuff Bags Foundation, as well as 10% of the cumulative profits from the Sweet Tea Faith Shop for the entire month.
Please take a moment to research My Stuff Bags Foundation and consider making a monetary donation, or donating items for the bags themselves. And of course, prayers are always welcome.
I’m always on the lookout for other amazing charities. If you have one to recommend, please let me know!