Have you heard about the HP Magic contest? HP is giving away a BUNCH of stuff x 50! They selected 50 bloggers (including Living in Theory and Stop, Drop, and Blog) to giveaway a collection of computers, including 1 desktop and 3 laptops! (And a bunch of other stuff). But, the idea is not just to get stuff. It's to share. So they are encouraging people to talk about who they will share with. Here's my story.
If you know me, you know that John and I are marriage mentors for our church and community. If I won the incredible HP prize pack, I would share it with Healthy Marriage of New Mexico which is an organization that works to strengthen marriages. This is done by giving couples tools to help with communication, conflict management and other common stumbling blocks that can create difficulty in marriages. Divorce, in addition to the emotional toll on the family, causes great financial stress on a community as well. A large component of the program is to complete an on-line inventory. This gives us (and the couple) and idea of what the couple's strengths and stumbling blocks (weaknesses) are, so we can help them find tools to improve their marriage. One setback we've had is that some of our families don't have computers and/or internet access. We could take a couple of the laptops when we meet with the families so the inventory could be completed. Healthy Marriages of New Mexico is a faith based initiative that is currently looking to expand its operations out of Albuquerque and form a greater presence in the southeast corner of New Mexico. I'd like to give them a head start on setting up an office to help my community.
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