Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fun Guatemala fundraising events!

Hope this find each of you enjoying the amazingly beautiful weather!
I am writing to let you know about a few upcoming events I have scheduled to raise funds for my May 2012 Guatemala service team.  If you can participate in one or all of them, I would be very grateful!

Paparazzi Jewelry & Accessories Basket Parties
I have become an independant consultant for this amazing line of jewelry & hair accessories. Beautify yourself or give a sweet gift without the guilt! Every item is only $6 (tax included), cash, credit card or a check and carry! Call me to arrange for an open house (612.709.0914) or I can put together a basket of items for you to sell at your office to earn a discount on your own purchase!
March 31st craft sale: (need shoppers and crafters for the event!)
April 1st & April 7th , 2012 from 10am to 6pm my team will be bagging groceries at Cub Foods  in Coon Rapids (Northdale location on the 1st & Riverdale location on the 7th)
I need a few more volunteers to help us bag groceries as well as people to come and shop and make a small donation to our cause.  If you can volunteer a few hours, please email me with your availability.
New Face of Guatemala Cinco de Mayo 5k & Family Fun Fest
May 5th, 2012 from 10am to 12:30pm
You don't want to miss this amazing event!!! It's not just a run, there will be something for everyone! Kids 1k, silent auction, raffles, walking nachos, non-alcoholic Margueritas! Here is the link for details and to register:

Online donations
If you are unable to attend one of the events listed above and still wish to support my work please consider donating online, any amount (even a few dollars) makes a huge difference in helping the poorest of the poor in this world. (Did you know that $5 can buy groceries for a week for a family in Guatemala?) Your money will go directly to helping me help families!  Here is the link to donate:

Please feel free to share this information with friends & family! I have fliers & jpg's to post on your facebook, etc if you will, just email me @ so I can send them to you! I appreciate the help getting the word out!  I hope to see you at one of these events!  Thanks so much!
:)  Shawn Johnson
Service Team Leader

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cinco de Mayo 5k & Family Fun Fest (May 5th, 2012)

We have finalized the date for our 2nd annual Guatemala Service Team fundraiser 5k family fun fest event!  What better day than Cinco de Mayo???  A true festival this shall be!!! We have so much to celebrate and we are hoping this event is successful beyond our expectations.  Please register to participate... this event is for FUN so no worries if you are not a pro! There will be a children's 1k, silent auction, a family friendly atmosphere and much more...something for everyone!!!!! Hey! We will even have "Walking Nachos" & non-alcoholic margaritas available! Here is the link to register:  If you can't make it to the 5K and wish to support my work in Guatemala, you can go to active giving and donate:

This year's team has been engaging in many personal fundraising activities to recoup the huge airfare expense as well as the typical expenses associated with doing a service team/mission trip. It is our hope that those fundraising activities (Craft fairs, grocery bagging, letter writing) will take care of the travel expenses so that the funds we earn at the 5k can be used solely to bless the families we have and will build homes for.  My goal this year is to bring kits with items that the families can make items to sell in order to place food on their tables and make land payments for their homes.  These "home business start up kits" are a simple way to help families help themselves out of the daily struggle to tend to their basic needs.  So far I have collected the scrap fabric that will be needed for one of my kit ideas (a HUGE thanks to Alicia Overby and Baby Elephant Ears).  This plan is extremely simple and very achievable, all it takes is some funds! Many of these family have no job, no resources...Nothing. My team will provide them with something that costs so very little to give them the opportunity to earn a small income in order to make meeting their basic needs a little less of a struggle.
I can't wait to update everyone on this project's progress.  Please continue to be in prayer for my team, the God's Child Project and the families they serve. Thank you! :) Shawn