Tuesday, April 17, 2012

One Million Bones

I fought myself on whether or not I should give a shout-out to this organization on my blog. It's not that I don't think the organization is awesome or working for a good cause; it is mainly because I know most people don't want to be bombarded with my personal "politics." And don't get me wrong, I love charities and activist groups; it's just that I don't like to come off like I am jumping on some "band wagon" and then never doing anything about it. 

Well, when Kony 2012 hit the internet a few weeks back, I actually stayed as far away as I could from it. Not because I didn't appreciate the severity of the cause; it was because there was so much tension between my friends, rumors of the true intent of the organization, and then the final breakdown of one of the creators of the campaign. I wanted to do the same thing when I heard about "One Million Bones." I thought it was another genocide awareness group that everyone will get pumped up about and then fade into the background. If I get passionate about something, I want to be able to make a difference. Long story short, I gave "One Million Bones" a chance and learned that by participating in their initiative, I was making a difference. 

So, what is "One Million Bones?" It is an organization that is collecting 1,000,000 hand-made bones to symbolize the deaths of genocide victims. With every bone made, the Bezos Family foundation donates $1 to CARE for their work on the ground in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the Spring of 2013, the 1,000,000 bones will be on display at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

How cool is that? I think it is pretty awesome! That is why I was so happy that I could get involved in OKC. Southern Nazarene University held an event for "One Million Bones" and they opened it up to the community to come make a bone! So I did. I made two actually. OKC's involvement doesn't stop there. We are actually holding our own event at the State Capitol on April 28th at noon!

My two bones!
If you wan't to know if there is anything going on in your state, click here. There are ways to participate even if you can't make it to an event. 

Two of Johnny's bones!

My boy!

Well, I hope I didn't just become the crazy advocate lady next door, 

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