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Shave Anji's Head!
I feel other people's pain deeply, which is both a blessing and curse. The ugly truth is that I've spent weeks purposely avoiding any media about the famine. While I knew the enormity of the brewing disaster, I managed to keep it at arm's length. There are 12 million people on the brink of starvation, 1000 refugees per day pouring into already over-crowded refugee camps, and 29,000 children dead- and I closed my eyes to it...kept my world small.
But all that changed because of a photograph I stumbled across on the internet. Maybe you've seen it? The wide eyes of a two year old malnourished child, holding on to the edges of a wash basin, his skin literally hanging from his tiny bones. My heart went straight into my throat as it struck me; that could be my son. That is someone's son.
Why I decided to shave my head
The next morning, as I was washing my hair, several strange thoughts came to me, in this order:
- I lose an unbelievable amount of hair when I wash it. Handfuls of hair every time!
- The weird thing is that I still have a TON of hair left. You'd never know any was missing.
- Maybe generosity is like that. Maybe generosity should be measured not in terms of how much we give, but in terms of how much we keep.
- I need to shave my head as a fundraiser for the famine relief efforts.
- That's insane. Did I just think that?
And so, after a couple days wrestling with God, here I am with this challenge to you. In all my life, I have never given sacrificially because no matter how much I give, I still have enough. More than enough, actually. In this case though, I am going to make a sacrifice. On November 2nd, I am going to shave my head. Please help me make it count.
After days and days of research, I decided to partner with an incredible organization, One Day's Wages. In order to meet the immediate needs of basic water, food, and sanitation, ODW is working with World Concern, Concern Worldwide, and Horn Relief to provide relief in the Horn of Africa. While immediate relief is the most pressing issue to save lives, thse orgs are also working to promote long-term sustainability, especially in terms of access to clean water.
If you have been blessed with enough, please give to my campaign. Please dig deep and give as much as you possibly can. And once you've done that, please share this page with anyone and everyone you know. I can't do this without you! If all my student friends gave $10, and my adult friends gave $20, we could raise over $5,000! Alternatively, if you're feeling brave, you can use ODW's wage calculator to determine what your one day's wages is, and give that.
Thanks in advance for being so generous and supportive. It means more to me than you could know.
Shave Anji's Head! Progress
Raised So Far
Donations to this Fund
|gina streepy||$90.00||03.01.2013||Hi Mrs. Sisler! I have still been donating through Mia Sorella in Barrington and on my own. Also, I have started crocheting scarves to sell with my barrettes so I can continue to donate. Thanks again for introducing me to ODW. Jessie|
|J & Y Wakuta||$30.00||02.27.2012||-|
|John Pirog||$100.00||01.12.2012||Oh, why not. I know so few people who are so passionate about something.|
|Thomas Johanson||$50.00||12.31.2011||We are very glad to support your efforts. God's blessings, The Johansons|
|Gloria Nussbaum||$50.00||12.28.2011||This is in honor of Debby Diemer, who asked that it be put toward your cause. Thanks for inspiring so many to care and give!|
|Gloria Nussbaum||$100.00||12.28.2011||This donation is in honor of your mom, Lorri, as a Christmas gift which she requested be added to help your cause! Blessings to you on behalf of her!!|
|Carol & Robert Streepy||$50.00||11.26.2011||-|
|Richard & Sharon Wager||$50.00||11.26.2011||-|
|Anonymous||$20.00||11.09.2011||Payment of 20.00 USD submitted through PayPal.|
|Anonymous||$25.00||11.09.2011||Thank God there are people angels like you in this world! God Bless You!!|
|Anjila Sisler||$20.00||11.09.2011||Donation from Julie H.|
|Donna Lent||$20.00||11.05.2011||Thank you for touching so many lives with your courage.|
|Anonymous||$50.00||11.05.2011||Payment of 50.00 USD submitted through PayPal.|
|jill may||$50.00||11.04.2011||Alec & Derek are donating from their charity fund.|
|Anjila Sisler||$20.00||11.04.2011||From Karin G.|
|Anjila Sisler||$10.00||11.04.2011||Donation from Cassie R.|
|Allison Bobofchak||$50.00||11.03.2011||Your warm spirit and tender heart touch so many!|
|Janie Cross||$50.00||11.03.2011||Thank you for your gift of inspiration.|
|G & H Nasser||$25.00||11.03.2011||-|
|J & P Mulhern||$50.00||11.03.2011||-|
|N & C Sisler||$18.97||11.03.2011||-|
|Anonymous||$1,000.00||11.02.2011||Thanks for inspiring so many of us.|
|Jenny Kim||$10.00||11.02.2011||Very inspirational|
|Shawn Weber||$100.00||11.01.2011||I love that I know a real life hero.|
|Polly Schill||$50.00||11.01.2011||Congratulations, Anji, for exceeding your goal! It is very exciting!! ! Next time, $20,000, right? Love, Polly|
|Carole Nussbaum||$100.00||11.01.2011||Anji--You're letting your light shine in a very big way. And in the words of Grandma Yoder, "God bless you real good!" Love, Carole|
|Noonday Bread||$90.00||11.01.2011||The Bread Dude and his team hold you in high regard!|
|Patricia Fuglestad||$25.00||11.01.2011||Thanks for raising awareness of this situation and doing something about it. I know God will bless you for all you do!!!|
|Laura Ney||$100.00||10.31.2011||Happy to help you reach your goal as you reach out to help others!|
|stacey hartman||$55.40||10.31.2011||WOO-HOO! :)|
|Kerrie Berends||$200.00||10.31.2011||We're hoping to help push you over your goal. Your beauty will only shine greater without your hair. So proud of you! Uncle Chip, Aunt Kerrie and kids.|
|Karen Webster||$50.00||10.31.2011||Anji, glad I finally got to meet you while in Hilton Head, SC. I admire your drive in wanting to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Good luck with the fundraising! Karen & Mark Webster|
|Anonymous||$50.00||10.31.2011||You are a blessing. Thanks for raising awareness.|
|Dale Art Carlson||$400.00||10.29.2011||Thanks, Anji, for organizing this!|
|gina Brinckerhoff||$100.00||10.26.2011||Thank you for caring for so many! You are a wonderful role model for our community.|
|M & J Bellito||$200.00||10.21.2011||-|
|Rochelle Goldman||$50.00||10.21.2011||I've no doubt you will rock your beautiful shaved head! Thanks for letting us share your inspiration.|
|Anne WAlker||$20.00||10.20.2011||So great to meet you! I admire your efforts!|
|Nancy Fathers||$40.00||10.20.2011||Admire your love for others.|
|Joanna Hunter||$100.00||10.20.2011||Is it mean to say I'm looking forward to seeing the photos?! Glad to see you are still listening to God, and obeying! In awe of you!|
|Dottie Hewett||$10.00||10.18.2011||May the donation be multiplied 100 times over for the good of God's Kingdom and for HIS glory!! :)|
|Meghan Haddad||$10.00||10.17.2011||Bless you!|
|Linda Takao||$25.00||10.10.2011||You have a rare and golden heart, Anji. Best of luck to you and those you touch.|
|Anonymous||$500.00||10.06.2011||Good Job, Anji -- rallying this many people to help.|
|Anonymous||$600.00||10.05.2011||Matching funds for the last 5 donations. Great job eveyone! :)|
|Richard & Marcia Rudin||$50.00||10.04.2011||God is using your efforts in miraculous ways!|
|Amy Helms||$100.00||10.04.2011||You are amazing!|
|Anonymous||$200.00||10.04.2011||May your passion be richly rewarded and many benefit from it. We're in it with you. Love, M&D|
|Anonymous||$150.00||10.04.2011||I so love the heart that God has given you and your faithfulness is action!|
|Jennifer Rupert||$100.00||10.04.2011||With much love!|
|Gloria Nussbaum||$350.00||10.01.2011||"The best way to spend a life is to invest it in something that will outlast it." Thanks for being a great example to us all of investing your own time, money, and compassion on things that really matter, like putting love into action for our world "neighbors"!|
|Daniel & Joann S.||$100.00||09.29.2011||-|
|Jena Habegger-Conti||$10.00||09.28.2011||Anji, this is from Christopher but I had to put my name in for the billing info. We watched your video just now. It was terrific!|
|Anonymous||$1,000.00||09.28.2011||So awesome how you listened to God's leading on this!|
|Jennifer DeFranco||$25.00||09.28.2011||You inspire me!|
|Peter Brookes||$20.00||09.28.2011||A heart the size of a planet|
|Rositsa Frey||$50.00||09.27.2011||anji, thank you for being the start of something beautiful! love, rosa|
|Sarah Lahrman||$25.00||09.26.2011||"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." I realize this quote may be intended more for abortion...but I dug deeper and believe it fits with exactly what you are doing Anji....not closing your eyes and pretending it isn't happening, but opening them to realize there is a problem and someone needs to change it. Thank you for opening so many eyes!!! God bless you Anji!|
|Betty Berends||$50.00||09.25.2011||God bless you, Anji. Love you. Grandma|
|Mary Rogala||$50.00||09.24.2011||We love you and your family! This will be something they ALL remember! Scott, Mary, Cassie & Bucky|
|Anonymous||$100.00||09.23.2011||Praising the Lord for you, Anji! Everybody: check out "58:The Film" for more on what God's doing to end extreme poverty in our lifetime!|
|Roy and June Becker||$50.00||09.23.2011|
|Vicki Wilson||$50.00||09.22.2011||You are amazing Anji!|
|Sherri Bruder||$50.00||09.21.2011||We love you and admire you, Anji. You are a beautiful person. Love, Uncle John and Aunt Sherri XOXOXOXOXOXOXO|
|Milo Nussbaum||$50.00||09.19.2011||Thanks for doing this. I wish I could help more!|
|David & Sheila Bus||$20.00||09.19.2011||-|
|wendy myers||$50.00||09.18.2011||Anji, this is so amazing of you! instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve you will now be wearing it on your head!!!!!!! God is going to multiply this action of yours like he did the little boys lunch, it will be miraculous! thanks for allowing us to be part of this miracle. the girls think you are crazy, but more than that they are proud of their aunt!|
|laurie frey||$100.00||09.16.2011||Thanks for the catalyst to do something Anji. God is amazing.|
|Anonymous||$24.00||09.15.2011||Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people...Galations 6:10|
|Jill May||$100.00||09.13.2011||Phil said that if you get to $50,000, he'll shave his head, too!|
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