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Justin And I Are Sleeping Out So 54 Youth Don’t Have To

Sometimes I take a step back from my life and look in and go, “Whoa… how did I get so lucky? Why do I deserve this life over those less fortunate?” And I’m not even talking about any pretty things or vacations or anything material…. I’m just talking about a roof over my head, a warm bed at night, food in my fridge, and people in my life that love and support me no matter what. It’s so simple – and so hard to think that not everyone has that.

Last year Justin and I wanted to do something that would give hope and maybe a second/third/forth chance to some people that really need it. That’s why we signed up forCovenant House‘s Annual Sleep Out and slept out on the streets of Vancouver. Let me tell you: it was more difficult than it sounds. The cold and discomfort were really something I was not prepared for in the least. With the near-freezing temperatures, it was quite possibly the longest night of my life and I have never felt so appreciative of the simple things I take for granted every day.

The time for the annual Sleep Out has come again in Vancouver and Justin and I didn’t hesitate to sign up. This year, our goal is to raise $10,000 in donations to Covenant House which would help fund their shelter in downtown Vancouver for 54 homeless youth. It’s really such an incredible organization that does so much for the less fortunate young people in our community.

I know everyone gets so many requests this time of year for donations to various causes around the globe, so I don’t want to guilt you AT ALL to donate to this one. I know it’s hard to do them all. But if you do have a few extra dollars and would like to support Justin and me, that’s great (and you can do it here).

However, what I really want to press is two very simple things: 1) Be grateful for the life and love that you have. There will always be someone with more, someone better off, but most of us (thankfully) will never know suffering at its worst. Choose gratitude, not greediness. And, 2) if there is a cause out there that is meaningful to you, get involved and and do your part – even if it’s only with a few dollars or an hour a week. It’s something I’m definitely trying to make an effort with more and more in my life.

xo Jilly

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