Hello Dear Readers,
You may know that I am a part of the Sojourn Artisan Market team. They asked me to create a charitable line of work and pick a worthy cause.
As a military US Navy wife, it was a 'no-brainer' for me to choose TAPS.org as my philanthropic charity. [ http://www.taps.org ]
TAPS is the very best organization; you hope you'll never need. Yet each year more members are added to their roster.
Their mission statement from the website explains it best: The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
I had heard of this group for years, but came to know more about it 10+ years ago, after my husbands US Navy Helicopter squadron HSC-25 in Guam lost a service member while on a training mission. I saw how quickly they jumped in a supported the widow in a way most of us could not. They helped to ease her suffering, and gave her the guidance and support that she needed at a terrible time. From then on, they have held a special place in my esteem.
Fast forward to 2017. I am pleased to be a launching member of the Sojourn Artisan Market. As I was deciding to join; the founder told me that she hoped at a certain point to donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity of our choice.
I immediately went to work and settled on a simple anchor pendant for several reasons. As a Navy wife, the anchor symbol is a common denominator in our nautical life. The anchor however, also has deeper symbolism which is also appropriate for this charity.
From the online encyclopedia New Advent.org: The anchor, because of the great importance in navigation, was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. The Christians therefore, in adopting the anchor as a symbol of hope in future existence, merely gave a new and higher signification to a familiar emblem. In the teachings of Christianity the virtue of hope occupies a place of great importance; Christ is the unfailing hope of all who believe in Him. St. Peter,St. Paul, and several of the early Fathers speak in this sense, but the Epistle to the Hebrews for the first time connects the idea of hope with the symbol of the anchor. The writers says that we have "Hope" set before us "as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm" [Hebrews 6:19-20].
So with all this, I am pleased to offer a selection of up-cycled vintage tin anchor pendants on an 18in silver tone chain with lobster clasp. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these will be donated directly to TAPS.org. The pendants are $20 and are available only from Sojourn Artisan Market. Sojourn Artisan Market on FB
I hope you will consider supporting this worthy organization with a purchase or your own private donation. You have heard the saying 'All gave some, but some gave all." Let us all continue our support of those who gave more than they ever thought they would.