Red Envelope Day

Red Envelope Day is TODAY – March 31, 2009

I have been hearing about this for months and was excited to participate along with my family.  I wrongly assumed that others who believe in the life of the unborn would have heard of it through facebook, email or at their churches.  Just this past week I have become aware of some of my close friends who are passionately pro life had not yet heard of this event.  So even though the day is here…I am hoping to help get the word out and to inspire those of you out there to join in the effort to take a stand for the unborn.

It’s a simple concept: just buy a red envelope(or make out of construction paper or wrapping paper or color white envelopes red as my friend Becky’s children did)  seal it up (yes, empty), address it to the president, and add this note on the back of the envelope: “This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with conception.”   Or do it the EASY way go to this website – pay $1.10 & they will send your red envelope (or as many as you want to send) – couldn’t get any easier & way cheaper than your cup of coffee today  – http://www.redenvelopeday.com/send.html

You may wonder, “What good will this do?” No one but God can answer that, but the campaign reminds me of the “launcher” tactic used by William Wilberforce and others as they fought against slavery in the British Empire. It’s a simple, peaceful way of drawing attention to an evil that needs to be changed. President Obama, as Chuck Colson noted in this BreakPoint commentary, is confused on this issue: he rightly believes that God does not support taking innocent life, yet he is staunchly pro-abortion.  

Here’s the address so you don’t have to look it up:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC  20550

My children participated in this at their homeschool co-op and also sent envelopes to our local media telling them what was happening. Then last weekend when all the “Borden” cousins were here for Amy’s Rite of Passage (more on that to come) we had a red envelope party.

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red-env-3The students at Jim Elliot Christian High School also participated – they made their envelopes out of red copy paper and addressed them in my husband’s Bible class yesterday & today.

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dscn7007The girls and I just dropped ours off at our local post office – hoping that you are all doing the same thing (or getting on line and placing your red envelope order) dscn7008

Even if you are not reading this post on March 31st – I would still do it – a few days late will not matter as hopefully millions of red envelopes arrive at the White House throughout the next week!  This is an easy & painless way to let your voice be heard for the innocent unborn.

 

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4 responses to “Red Envelope Day

  1. We sent ours today too! Hopefully there will be some media coverage.

  2. Cynthia

    Dear Beth,
    I so appreciate and have missed your posts. A comment on the red envelope event. I am doing it myself, but have heard from a crisis pregnancy volunteer who asked the question… ” why don’t people follow up with volunteering and giving to the CPC’s so they can enable women to keep their babies or put them up for adoption? What good is sending the envelope if they don’t back up their view/stand on abortion with practical help?” A thoughtful and earnest plea for all of us to do something positive to help women in crisis situations. With sending a red envelope to DC, maybe sending a donation check in a white envelope with a heart on it and a note with the check to explain the thought and prayer behind it. It wouldn’t have to be a big check, what a difference even $1-5 from each one sending a red envelope. If it was a million checks it would make a significant impact to CPC’s across the country. Then make a call to find out if they need items donated, volunteers for helping with any number of different activities,etc… Together, we all could make a difference across the country.

  3. whooooo hooooooooooooo

  4. Cynthia

    In rereading my post, I realized that I didn’t specify to send the check to the local CPC. Not in the envelope to Wash.DC.

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