Today I made my own blue glasses out of pipe cleaners to show support for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. I first learned about this foundation through Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, an online community dedicated to helping "young women and the young at heart with the process of cultivating their authentic selves."
Amy Poehler and her team create and upload videos and stories like Smart Girls at the Party, Ask Amy and Operation Nice Campaigns. December's Operation Nice campaign supports the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO).
This foundation was founded in 1997 by Dr. Jane Aronson, a pediatric infectious disease and adoption medicine specialist. WWO works to help children become healthy, independent members of their communities through programs focused on healthcare, attachment, early intervention and the arts.
So, what's up with the blue glasses?
In the summer of June 2010 Dr. Jane Aronson visited a village in Ethiopia where orphaned children were creating art with pipe cleaners. At one point, one of the children fashioned a pair of blue glasses out of the pipe cleaners. She was making her pair to look like Dr. Jane's blue glasses, which she wears because they are loved by children.
If only everyone could see these children as the fabulous, bright, special individuals they are. If only they could see what I see.
Dr. Jane Aronson
This is how he blue glasses campaign got started and how it has managed to reach so many who would have no knowledge of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Participating in this December campaign is easy.
1. Create your own blue glasses using materials found at home.
2. Upload a picture of yourself wearing the glasses to Instagram using the hashtags #OperationNiceDecember and #BlueGlasses
3. Make your photo your Facebook profile picture for the month of December.
Simple as that! Also, please visit the Worldwide Orphans Foundation website to learn more about this program and other ways to help.
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