HI! MY NAME IS Adam O. I am a writer living in Minneapolis, MN. I am an average person, driven by a goal to always keep improving so that I LEAVE the world a LITTLE better than when i found iT.

Art sho fo good

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting an exceptional woman, Inga Swope, who started a nonprofit called 3seams. She had a booth at a small art fair—and so did I—well, half a booth at my first ever art fair (I make stuff out of rocks as a hobby)!*

Inga had all kinds of things—shawls, shorts, scarfs, jewelry—made by people in Cambodia and Nepal and Haiti, usually young women, who are trapped in poverty and can sometimes fall victim to human trafficking. I asked her about her organization and she spoke for about 5 minutes non-stop without taking a breath, I swear—she was so passionate about all the things they’re doing to help lift people out of poverty. 

She started 3seams to create jobs in the developing world so people don’t have to leave their families to find work and money to survive. In Cambodia, for example, families in villages often separate in order to make enough money to send back—that includes children. So her organization goes in and sets up a shop for people to work in so that they can stay safe in their communities and make money right there. 3seams provides training and the market back in the U.S. for what the people make. The money all goes toward their education and basic needs. So if you buy stuff from them, or donate directly, your money is keeping families together and out of human trafficking. That’s way better than the mall. I didn't find anything for me--but I did donate, and I'll be back for Christmas gifts later.

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*In some ways I like to think my rock business is also a nonprofit in that I’m not making any money☺

This is mostly unrelated to the post above, but on my food shelf delivery on Saturday, while waiting at the Target loading area they had these hatch your own dinosaurs. Just add water. And then at the art fair, I saw the guy from Target who works at the receiving dock and gives me Target's week's worth of food donations! 

This is mostly unrelated to the post above, but on my food shelf delivery on Saturday, while waiting at the Target loading area they had these hatch your own dinosaurs. Just add water. And then at the art fair, I saw the guy from Target who works at the receiving dock and gives me Target's week's worth of food donations! 

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