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Let’s Truly Honor and Remember This Memorial Day

By: Alex Shipley on | Comments: 0
Memorial Day often signifies the “unofficial start of summer” frequently celebrated with tasty barbecues, pool parties, and unashamedly eating as many cool dairy treats as we can stand.

However, amidst the freedom we feel from having an extra day off work, no more school, or even the excitement of upcoming summer trips we often forget to remember and truly honor the thousands of U.S. service members who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedom. 
But how can our “remembering” of those who died in service to our nation extends beyond a brief thought in our downtime or a rushed prayer before chowing down on a grilled hot dog or hamburger? 

Learn - Spend some time by yourself or with your family brushing up on your knowledge of Memorial Day and its history (as it’s often mixed up with Veterans Day). Here are a few facts to get you started in your deep dive into our nation's fallen heroes. 
Memorial Day was originally observed on May 30, 1868, as Decoration Day when people would decorate the graves, often with flowers, of fallen Civil War soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetary. After World War I this extended to both men and women who had died in U.S. military service. 
If you know of someone with a Gold Star, they’re a family member of a service member who has died while in the line of duty. According to USO, The “Gold Star Family” designation “honors that service member’s ultimate sacrifice while acknowledging their family’s loss, grief, and continued healing.” 
The Tomb of the Unkown Soldier is a white marble sarcophagus that sits on top of a hill in Arlington National Cemetary and is the cemetery’s most iconic historical memorial. It’s guarded 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to honor the unidentified U.S soldiers who gave their lives in the line of duty.  
Pray - Actually, intentionally pray. Pray in thanksgiving and gratitude for the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. Pray for the families of our nation’s heroes who have passed away. Pray for our country now and the future of our country. Pray for the soldiers who are still serving in active duty and are putting their lives at risk every day. Pray for peace. 
Give - If you know of an individual or family who has lost a loved one in the line of duty, stop by and offer them flowers, a meal, or simply a hug to let them know you’re thinking about them and their fallen loved one, as this time can be especially hard for them. 
On GiveSendGo you can find families fundraising to hold a memorial service of a loved one who died while in service, to make a donation to a charity in their fallen loved one’s name, or simply to help afford the cost of living in their loved one’s absence. 
No matter the amount, donate to their campaign and/or leave a prayer message on their campaign. 
Visit - Honor a family member who gave their lives in the line of duty or even a fallen service member you may not know by bringing flowers and/or spending some time in prayer at their grave. 
To find a cemetery near you and honor our nation’s fallen heroes visit the National Cemetary Administration at https://www.cem.va.gov/find-cemetery/. 
Join - Wherever you are at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day pause and share a moment of silence with others across the nation to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. 

You can also display the American Flag (if you aren’t already) outside of your home. According to Military One Source, the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day while many across the nation fly their POW/MIA flags to also honor those missing in action and prisoners of war. 
Wearing a red poppy on Memorial Day is also a popular way to honor those who have passed while serving. 
This Memorial Day, let’s truly honor, remember, and praise God for our nation’s fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 
John 15:13 (ESV) says this, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” 
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GiveSendGo Provides a Platform and a Voice for Canadian Truckers!

By: Brieya Mikale on | Comments: 16
Canadian truckers are currently banding together in protest of government vaccine mandates and people all over the world are standing with them in support. So much so that they’ve raised over $10 million in donations which the creator of the campaign, Tamara Lich, says will be going to take care of the truckers convoy throughout their travels. However, shortly after the campaign had raised nearly half that amount, GoFundMe froze the campaign funds from being accessed by the convoy or from being given back to donors who requested refunds. Now, GoFundMe has also paused the campaign, preventing anyone else from donating to the truckers. 

GiveSendGo Co-founder Jacob Wells recently commented in a GiveSendGo press release on GoFundMe’s appalling actions. “This is yet another example of Big Tech becoming Big Brother, dictating how people should make decisions and raise money,” he said. 

Once again, GoFundMe is making decisions on behalf of people who have every right to have their voices heard and their causes shared. GoFundMe continues to censor campaigns they don’t agree with all while withholding people’s money. 

When will people learn that GiveSendGo should be the first choice in crowdfunding? We’re no longer just the alternative to these other crowdfunding platforms. WE’RE THE BEST OPTION AND THE REPLACEMENT!

As a free speech crowdfunding platform, we believe you have the right to raise money for what you believe in and donate to who you want to support. We treat you like the adults you are. It’s not our job to control what you do with your hard-earned money. 

Thankfully, these truckers finally found GiveSendGo where they can safely raise money without fear of censorship or loss of control over their funds. 

If you would like to join the freedom movement and support these Canadian truckers, here are a few links to their GiveSendGo campaigns!  

https://www.givesendgo.com/Warroomcanadanet  
https://givesendgo.com/FreedomConvoy2022
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Is $5 Even Worth It?

By: BRIEYA WILSON on | Comments: 0
You've probably heard the saying “every penny counts”. Well that’s exactly what crowdfunding is, a bunch of people giving a little that, Lord willing, eventually turns into a lot! 

But, when you give to a campaign on GiveSendGo it's more than just a monetary donation. There’s a deeper impact and meaning to your donation no matter how much you give. 

The odds that a campaign owner will meet everyone they get a donation from is very unlikely. All they know is that a random stranger wants to be a part of their journey and cares enough about their cause to give. Maybe their story rang true for them, or maybe they had great empathy for the person that they were compelled to give something to help. 

Knowing that even random strangers have your back is something so powerful and inspiring for a lot of our campaign owners. On GiveSendGo, you can create a campaign for anything. Unfortunately, the world is broken, so oftentimes many of the campaigns we see are people who feel hopeless in their situation and have turned to crowdfunding as their last resort. So, yes, your $5.00 donation counts. It’s telling the campaign owner they’re not alone in whatever situation they’re going through… not if YOU can help it.

Being a part of the Givers Army doesn’t necessarily mean you have a lot to give. God loves a cheerful giver. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul encourages others to give BUT not beyond their means. Does that mean giving is a sacrifice. Oftentimes, yes, but it doesn’t always have to be. 

Whether you’re making a one time donation to a GiveSendGo campaign, or you want to be a frequent giver on the Givers Army, don’t pledge to give a ridiculously high number that you can’t afford just because you want to be the most generous, or because you feel that a donation of a lesser amount won’t make a difference. Paul says don’t give "reluctantly or under compulsion." That’s our vision for the Givers Army, giving people rising up together to make a difference in the world - one small or large donation at a time. 

The amount you donate doesn't matter, it's the heart behind it. God sees your heart behind donating. 
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Another benefit of giving, no matter what the amount, is the joy you will feel when helping someone in need. That alone is worth it to a lot of our givers! 

And, if you’re someone who wants to make a habit out of making a difference in people's lives then the Givers Army might be the choice for you!
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