[On May 10th I sent out a Facebook message seeking to raise $750 to help purchase supplies to help refugees in Calais. I had been invited by The Church in Wales to go and collect stories from refugees for an upcoming event in North Wales. I did not want to arrive empty-handed so I procured a van and asked The Hearth Community to make donations to purchase food. Within twelve hours over $1600 had been raised. Enough to purchase needed proteins (canned fish, beans) and vegetables/fruits (tomatoes, mandarin oranges). Thank you to everyone who gave generously! Here are my reflections on the trip.]

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We were five men from North Wales: a welder, a carpenter, a government planner, a vicar, and me, the lone American. We had procured two vans and filled them with food, lumber, plastic tarps, fire extinguishers, construction tape, and other supplies. We were taking time from work and home to help displaced people in Calais, France. And the feeling? The feeling was good. It felt good to try and do something right, something useful. It felt good to follow the most basic of human impulses—to share what you have with someone who has little. Spirits were high. We shared music we loved, remembered epic concerts we had attended. We smiled while describing our children, talked admiringly of our spouses. We told stories of adventures we’d had in other countries—a speeding ticket in Death Valley, a bar fight in Belfast, a dangerous sheep outside of Liverpool. We were on a mission. We were doing something that mattered. Hearts awake, spirits high, the mind clear with purpose. Read more

France-Calais-Migr_2709772aHearth founder Mark Yaconelli is seeking to raise $750 BY FRIDAY, MAY 13, in order to deliver food to refugees in Calais, France.

Mark is working in Wales teaching local towns to develop their own community storytelling projects. As part of the training he is leading a storytelling event entitled, “Stranger in a Strange Land.” This event will benefit and include stories told by Syrian refugees. To better understand the plight of refugees from war-torn countries Mark has procured a truck and in cooperation with Christian and Muslim groups, will deliver food to refugees from war-torn countries. His hope is to fill the truck with needed food items (canned fish, beans, tomatoes, etc.).

Please contribute using the donate button below. Donations are tax deductible. All those who donate will receive a written account of Mark’s experience.