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GIVEAWAY from Ornaments4Orphans


Ornaments and Nativities





When I peruse the ornaments and nativities from Ornaments4Orphans, I feel like I’m back in Kampala, winding in and out of the shops of local artisans.  In addition to buying beautiful Christmas decorations for yourself and as gifts, you can also host a Christmas tree at your office, church, or school.  You put up a tree, and they provide all the decorations.  You sell the ornaments and return the leftovers with the money to Ornaments4Orphans.  This is a fabulous way to decorate your lobby for Christmas for free and host an easy fundraiser at the same time.

Why I Like This:

I like Ornaments4Orphans for three reasons.  First, these guys employ local artisans from impoverished communities.  They prevent orphans by supplying families with a steady income from which they can buy food, keep their kids in school, and purchase medicines to treat disease.  Second, the funds raised by the sale of the ornaments go to Pearl Ministries, which operates in Uganda, providing holistic care for orphans and vulnerable children.  Through the program, they receive medical care, spiritual support, and educational and vocational training.  Third, ornaments rock.  I absolutely love ornaments and nativities, and after my last post when I realized that many of our ornaments are made by people living in slavery, I’m thrilled to share with you these beautiful ornaments that doubly bless both artisans and orphans.

Now, speaking of sharing, my new friends at Ornaments4Orphans have generously provided this animal set in Ugandan kikoyi material.  I love these whimsical little guys, and I’m so excited for them to dangle on someone’s Christmas tree. will choose a winner on Friday, November 15, at noon, and to enter the drawing, subscribe below.  In the meantime, go buy some ornaments and like them on Facebook!  If you’re like me and get your tree up the day after Thanksgiving, then order now so you can enjoy them all season long.  And I’ll be honest, my Ugandan ornaments are so beautiful that I hang them around the house all year long.

Slave-Free Christmas Challenge:

This Christmas, I’ve challenged myself to shop my entire Christmas list from organizations that are helping people, not hurting people.  Today, 27 million men, women, and children live as someone else’s property.  Slaves are making the items that I’m buying to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior.  Somehow I don’t think He’s blessed by the blood on His birthday presents.  For more information on my Slave-Free Christmas project, click here.

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  • Kaye

    How do you enter if you have already subscribed? :-)

    • Melanie Dale

      If you’re already a subscriber, then you’re entered to win! And thanks for already being a subscriber! ;)

  • Elizabeth Bricknell

    Love these! So super cute!

  • Anjanette

    I love this ministry! I had the privilege of meeting Scott and Jamie a couple of years ago and this is my second year putting up a tree. :) I came over through Twitter because I saw that we are both hosting giveaways for O4O (I’m at and I am delighted to find and follow your blog! :)

    • Melanie Dale

      Oh yay! It’s so nice to “meet” you! O4O and Jamie are awesome and I’m excited to learn about them and get involved in what they’re doing.





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