Christmas charityHello my dear readers,

Even though I promised myself I won’t write a post mentioning the tragic events from last Friday, here I am. I am sitting behind the keyboard and I want to pretend that the Paris terror never happened but I cannot. However, I am not going to write a post about it. Instead, I will share with you a few initiatives to support this Christmas. I believe the only way to fight the evil in this world is to do good and spread hope and kindness. This is exactly what I am going to do today. This is my way of saying ‘No’ to the terror. I hope that every reader who stumbles upon my blog today opens their heart and chooses to help someone this holiday season. After all, small acts of kindness are the foundation of what the world needs right now: love, gratitude, support and serenity.

I have picked three charity initiatives to tell you about. All three are dear to my heart and I hope at least one of them grabs your attention.

The first initiative I want to tell you about is an ambitious project by Stefan Apostolov. He has come together with ambitious Bulgarian entrepreneurs to write a script about a little boy who is facing different challenges imposed by Mother Nature in a search of true human relationships. The project is called ‘Life in Four Seasons’ and what its creators need are the funds to make this amazing movie come true. I am impressed by this project not only because its creators come from my home country but also because it gives me hope. I stopped watching the Bulgarian news because I never hear anything positive. And this project is all about positivity: a child in search of its inner self and ambitious young people in search of a dream. You can watch the promo here – it is in English so everyone can have a look 🙂 If you want to support them you can donate to their Indiegogo campaign.

The second initiative I am sharing with you is Text Santa, which this year is combined with Christmas Jumper Day. It is going to be on Friday the 18th of December so I appeal for you to put your most festive jumper on and proudly wear it all day long. Please do send a text to make a donation as well. It is a lovely cause and the earnings this year will go to Save the Children, Make-A-Wish UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. All three are charities that make a huge difference in people’s lives. If you want to learn more and get involved, you can check it out here.

The final initiative I want to share is one that shook me to the core. On the grim Friday the 13th I got a call from my wedding planner. On our wedding day we asked people to abstain of buying us flowers and instead give the money they planned for flowers for a charity cause of our choice. My wedding planner called me on Friday saying she does not get a reply from the initial foundation of choice. She also told me the story of Georgi, who lost the ability to walk while he was doing military service and he has been fighting with the government for the right to get funding ever since.

Because he can walk again.

And it is just an operation away.

 An operation that he can’t get even though it’s his right.

That is the cause the money went for because I simply cannot stand injustice. I am appealing to you all to read Georgi’s story here and to share it. He should not spend his life on bed when he can in fact walk out in the sunshine on his own like the free man he deserves to be.

This is my appeal for today: be good and open your heart. Show the world your free will and use it for a good cause. If there are any charity initiatives you are supporting I would love to hear about them and help you in the best way I can. Feel free to share in the comments.

Shape the world with your actions: be kind, be good, set an example.

Love,

Antoniya xx

 

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