The Giving Tree – 2017

There she is.
The Giving Tree.
Under her frosted branches, there will be the warmth and the brilliant light of generosity,
Beneath the shade of her pine needles, the sweet, softness of children’s laughter will echo throughout the community.
Magic happens here.
Hope is found.
Giggles break into heart walls,
Where weary lungs breathe deep,
and broken hearts still beat.
The tree, she’s just a symbol,
but, as her light reflects on presents placed,
so does the kindness of those who placed them,
where, together we get to experience His Presence.

#YouBelong #PurposefulPlunder

Be the change you want to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

This year, we have partnered with the Mercy Drops Dream Center to share the spirit of Christmas with some amazing kiddos. Some kids in Suffolk and in Portsmouth, Virginia will have a moment of peace in the midst of chaos this Christmas season. If you want to help, message me directly by commenting here or emailing Together we’re changing the face of poverty, brokenness, and hopelessness in Hampton Roads. It’s time for hope. It’s time to inspire and to be inspired. 


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Dawn Sutherland

misfit-writer-speaker & social-justice-wannabe. I wander, but I'm not lost. I love Jesus not religion. My heart's cry is for every person to feel an empowered sense that they belong, and that we get to face the world wild and equipped with the love and hope of Jesus. I live in Suffolk, Virginia with my amazing husband, Louis and have four awesome kids: Katie, Ronnie, Selah, and Sami. I am also a passionate fitness instructor at the Suffolk YMCA. Subscribe to the blog, and stay tuned in for the book YOU BELONG to be published soon, which will talk about our desire as women to "fit in" and how we can harness that to change the world!