Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It is estimated that 2 children are sold into slavery every minute.
That's 2880 every day!
As of 2006 the number of children trafficked annually was estimated at 1.2 Million
The UN and other experts estimate the total market value of illicit human trafficking at roughly $32 Billion!
That makes trafficking on persons the second most lucrative crime in the world!
It is estimated that 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world.
All of this information and more can be found on at www.love146.org
This is a big problem! 100% of the money that we collect with the Luxury Fund is given away, 25% of it goes to Love146 who is working hard to end sex slave trade and restore the lives of freed slaves.
BE AN ABOLITIONIST!
Think of what you might give up this week, so that you can put a few bucks in the Luxury Fund to help this cause.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This week . . . Love146
The trafficking and rape of children for profit is one of the darkest stories on the planet. This physical, mental and emotional trauma leaves children broken and scarred for life. Interventions for these children
are critical to their survival. This is why Love146 exists.
Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex trafficking and exploitation through prevention and aftercare. Love146 trains aftercare workers, multiplies safehomes, aids socioeconomic development programs in high risk communities and provides a voice for these victims of modern-day slavery.
This information and more can be found on their website www.love146.org.
Here's what the people at Love146 have to say about the Luxury Fund:
"Love146 is grateful for the support of The Luxury Fund in helping to abolish child sex slavery and exploitation. All funds received via the Luxury Fund go towards our Aftercare program which includes building a new "Round Safehome" and running existing safehomes. See our website love146.org for more details."
Please decide what you can give up this week so that you can contribute to the Luxury Fund. We can make a difference by making one small sacrifice at a time!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Let's talk money.
Nick Saben coaches Alabama for an annual salary of $4 Million.
Urban Meyer coaches Florida for an annual salary of $3.25 Million.
Ticket prices (as of today) online are between $400 and $800 each and The Georgia Dome seats 71250 people.
A cup of beer at the Georgia Dome is $7.50
A bottle of water at the Georgia Dome is $2.50
I have no idea how to calculate fuel, lodging, food and miscellaneous spending for the 71,250 who will be in attendance, but I'm guessing it's ridiculous!
Now for even more sobering numbers
During the 3 hour duration of the game:
360 Children will be trafficked for sexual exploitation.
465 Children will die from lack of clean water.
2165 Children will die from lack of food.
I don't want to ruin your game weekend, but I would like you to consider the excess money that goes into recreation will so many around the world are suffering and dying every day.
Every little bit helps!! Can you give $1, $5, $10?
I promise there will be some very grateful people!
Luxury Fund is not a 501c3 organization. Your only reward is knowing that you have helped make someones life better! We give 100% of the money we raise to four amazing organizations who are able to do a lot with a little. Check the links to find out more about Blood Water Mission, Compassion International, International Justice Mission and Love 146.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We are not a 501c3 organization. Donations are not tax-deductible, your only reward is knowing that you've helped someone who was unable to help themselves.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The Luxury Fund gives 100% of the money that we collect to 4 organizations who are working hard to change the lives of people all over the world by freeing slaves, providing clean drinking water for people who don't have it, mosquito nets for kids who are likely to contract malaria from mosquito bites and loving homes and counseling for girls who have been set free from sex slavery.
Isn't that worth more than an X Box, iPhone, or the latest Hannah Montana paraphernalia? I think so.
If you want to know more about each organization, check out their links on the side of the page.
Help out if you can. Even $1 helps.
If you benefit from or enjoy this blog, please subscribe and tell your friends about the Luxury Fund.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
"Black Friday Turns Deadly" as a Wal Mart employee was trampled to death by a stampede of shoppers.
"Fatal Shooting Following Toy Store Brawl" , two men fatally shot.
"Wal Mart Shoppers Scuffle Over Last X Box 360" There was actually a video of people piled on top of each other fighting over a game!
That's just the violent side of Black Friday. The amount of money spent yesterday will probably bring tears to my eyes too when those numbers are released.
Thursday, I had Thanksgiving lunch with about 100 people with no homes or a family to share a meal with, who were thankful to share a hot meal with smiling faces.
For so many others around the world it was just another day of hunger, sickness and death.
Meanwhile, many Americans are waking up before the sun to fight traffic, check out lines and sometimes each other to get the best deals on cool new stuff. This year, it cost 3 American lives.
Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with bargain shopping. If you went shopping yesterday, I'm not condemning you for doing so (unless you beat someone up for a sale item), but I think we can all agree that here in America, we have some mixed up priorities and I hope that we as individuals can at least can recognize how blessed we are and be willing to share with others out of our abundance or even sacrifice to do so.
Please consider how you can give more this year than you did last year. Or better yet, just give more today than you did yesterday. Even if it's just a buck, it's a great start.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Last year on Black Friday, Americans spent $531 MILLION just on online shopping. Yes, that's one day of internet shopping! Wow!
Last year between November 1 - 23, Americans spent $9.3 BILLION on online shopping!!! Can you believe it?
This year, would you consider making a donation to the Luxury Fund on Black Friday? Let's have a day of our own Staggering Statistics proving that we do care for people who have nothing and are dying as a result.
Thanks for your help!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Oh yeah, that was on 1 day of the year. . . Thanksgiving.
This year, let's be thankful for what we have, and remember the nearly 1 Billion people around the world who are undernourished because they don't have access to food.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This year, it is estimated that Americans will spend $5.7 BILLION on Halloween costumes and decorations.
Well, the good news is that we're just trying to come up with $750 for the Luxury Fund!
I think we can still do it!
Thanks for your help.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Americans spend around $75 Billion a year on Cable TV.
Just think of how much money AND time we could save without it.
We're still hoping for $750 this month.
Help if you can.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself, but think of the good we could do with one sacrifice in this area of spending. Health food ain't cheap.
Whether or not you are a health food consumer, any gift will help us get closer to our goal for the month.
If we are able to reach our goal for the month, we'll be able to give $187.50 to each of the four organizations that we support.
Can you help?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
* It is estimated that 2 children are sold as slaves every minute
* The number of children trafficked annually is around 1.2 million
* The total market value of illicit human trafficking is $32 Billion
* 27 Million people are currently enslaved around the world
Love 146 works to abolish child sex slavery in southeast Asia.
What can you give up today to help them fund their work?
coffee, bottled water, energy drinks, ice cream, soft drinks, fast food, . . . ?
Since we combine our gifts for a month, even $1 is helpful.
Other ways you can help - link to this blog, blog about the luxury fund, copy and paste the chipin widget on your blog or website, tell your friends, join the facebook cause, send us your ideas.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
100% of the money given to the Luxury Fund is given away to organizations who are helping people around the world. 25% is given to Blood Water Mission.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
We finally have a "website" up for you to check out. It's a MySpace page.
Check it out if you get the chance. www.luxuryfund.org
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
"Love146 is grateful for the support of The Luxury Fund in helping to abolish child sex slavery and exploitation. All funds received via the Luxury Fund go towards our Aftercare program which includes building a new "Round Safehome" and running existing safehomes. See our website love146.org for more details."Thanks for all of your help!
You're making a difference in the lives of real people around the world!
Our website is coming soon. Hang tight.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Let's try to double this month what we did in July. Do you think we can send $400 out on September 1st? Let's try and see what happens.
Thanks for being a part of this!!
There will be a Luxury Fund website up soon. Stay tuned.
Did you know that Americans spent an estimated $550 million on ringtones in 2007?
Friday, July 25, 2008
A few people have asked for further explanation on how this works exactly. So, here it is - this is not a commitment to giving anything up for good. This is making day to day decisions. Today I may decide to have a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop and tomorrow decide to forgo that cup for the sake of the luxury fund. If I decide not to have that cup of coffee, I can come to the Luxury Fund Blog (soon to be website) and put $3 into the fund by clicking on the "Donate" button and using my check card. Maybe your luxury is an energy drink. Give it up one day and contribute what you would have spent on that drink to the luxury fund. There is no need to change your budget or commit to giving a certain amount each month, but just think one day at a time how you're spending your money and see if you can turn that money that you're spending into money that you're giving. You may end up giving $3 a month or $100 a month, there's no pressure, and it's up to you. As much as this is to raise funds for these organizations, it's also to get us thinking about how privileged we are and how we can help others who aren't so privileged.
At the end of this month (July 31st), we'll divide the money that has come into the fund equally between the organizations that we're supporting and we'll tell you what that amount is. Maybe next month that amount will be more, and as the word spreads hopefully the fund will grow.
Please tell anyone and everyone you know about the Luxury fund and we can all be a part of changing and saving lives.
If you have thoughts or stories about what you have given up or anything related to this experiment, please leave a comment below.
Thanks for being a part of this!
Oh yeah, here's another spending statistic for you ...
In 2001, Americans spent more than $2.1 billion in grocery stores and drugstores on breath freshening products.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
We're starting The Luxury Fund in hopes of using some of our "luxury money" to help change the lives of those around the world who suffer from great poverty, disease, and injustice. It's just in the beginning stages. In the first stage, a.k.a. "The Experiment," I'm presenting the idea to people that I know, to see what they think and what sort of response there is.
As Americans, we are very privileged. We have access to doctors, food, clean drinking water and systems that protect us from all sorts of injustice. The majority of the people on the planet are not so privileged. We also have small everyday luxuries that we take for granted, like good coffee, bottled water, energy drinks, soft drinks, ice cream, candy bars, movies ... (obviously this list could go on and on.) We as Americans spend hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars each year on these luxuries while many people in this world suffer without access to clean water, a decent food supply, or protection from injustice. While I think we would all agree there is nothing innately wrong with a premium cup of coffee or a sweet treat every now and then, I want to encourage people to be aware of how much they spend on a daily basis on these things and how that same money could impact our neighbors in other parts of the world.
Our family is participating in "The Experiment." We are planning to decide together what daily luxuries we can give up for a month in hopes of making an impact in the world. We hope this month becomes a way of life for us. Would you like to join us in "The Experiment?" For the next few weeks, could you forgo a chosen luxury? The next time you decide to give up a luxury for the day, come put that money in the Luxury Fund, and let's see what we can do.
We have chosen a few incredible organizations to which the Luxury Fund money will be donated. To find out more about these organizations, check out the links on the side of the page. At the end of the this month, we will divide the money evenly among these organizations. The intent behind the Luxury Fund is not to condemn the things we are able to enjoy but to help us become more aware of how we are spending and how we can be giving.
We'll have a real website up before long, but I'd love to have something to give to these groups by the end of this month. I'd really like to know what you all think of this plan.
Stay tuned for more staggering statistics.
Feel free to comment below.