Abundantly Blessed

 

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

 

I came across this verse well after I dedicated Bellafina Chocolates to children’s charities, and even after I named this blog.  When I read it though, I was struck by how these words so perfectly capture how I feel about my life.  I have been abundantly blessed in so many ways…a wonderful family, a comfortable place to live in a beautiful part of the country, good health, and the privilege to live in a country that enjoys personal and religious freedom to a degree that is found in few other places.  It is these abundant blessings that both inspire my desire to help others, and give me the ability to do it.

To illustrate the point, take the situation my friend Jason finds himself in.  I met Jason because he manages one of the stores that carry Bellafina Chocolates.  Last Christmas, he found himself reeling from the unexpected loss of his father, followed closely by the news that his precious 10-year-old daughter had cancer.  Oh and by the way…Jason and his wife Jessica were expecting their fourth child in just a few weeks.  Between a demanding job, Maddie’s chemo and radiation treatments at St. Jude, and trying to maintain some normalcy for their three other children, I don’t know how this family holds it all together.  I cannot imagine having the energy, time, or resources in this situation to focus on anything other than putting one foot in front of the other each day.

It is the plight of this family and dozens of others like them that inspired us to use Bellafina Chocolates to help ease their burdens just a bit.  Every Bellafina Chocolates purchase includes a contribution to children’s charities, and some of these contributions fund a “once in a lifetime” trip to Disney World for families like Maddie’s or basic needs like a pediatric stroller not covered by insurance.

During this Thanksgiving season, it seems doubly important to reflect on the abundant blessings we have, and to consider how we can use these blessings to help those around us.  Even a simple gesture like providing Thanksgiving dinner to a poor family or buying a winter coat for a homeless child can make a huge difference in that person’s life.  And just imagine if each of us did the little things that we could to help others.  What a difference our combined efforts would make!

The Beginnings of Bellafina

I have been abundantly blessed in my life.  We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but my parents provided a safe, nurturing home with a strong emphasis on education and accomplishing as much as possible in our lives.  It is heartbreaking to see so many children who do not have these advantages.  It was a desire to help these children that inspired the creation of Bellafina Chocolates.

Finger Painting at Kingsport Child Development CenterI  started Bellafina Chocolates in 2010 during my spare time while working as a Vice President in a Fortune 500 industrial company.  I dedicated the company to helping underprivileged kids and we quickly raised several thousand dollars for children’s charities.  Barely a year later a corporate restructuring left me without a job and pondering what to do with the second half of my career.

I believe that God gives us certain gifts, talents, and circumstances for a specific purpose.  It is difficult to be sure of that purpose, but for my part I am dedicating myself to growing this company to the point that it can make a really significant impact on children’s lives.

Bellafina Chocolates Production LineOur little company is starting to do some great things!  In 2012 we dramatically expanded our production capacity to keep up with growing demand for our chocolates.  Bellafina Chocolates was awarded the KOSBE small business award and have expanded our customer base.

We are committed to helping kids who are at risk due to factors out of their control, and we do this by supporting caring organizations who are effectively reaching these children.  Just a few examples…

  • Children threatened by disease – Children Exceeding Expectations is a school especially for children fighting cancer.
  • Children threatened by poverty – Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization bringing food, water, and other help to families in the most desperately poor parts of the globe.
  • Children threatened by family situations – Folds of Honor Foundation provides scholarships to children of U.S. soldiers killed in defending our country.
  • Children threatened by illiteracy – The Literacy Council of Kingsport teaches both adults and children to read in order to break the cycle of illiteracy that moves from one generation to the next in many families.

Right now Bellafina Cares™  is writing thousand dollar checks to charities such as these.  One day we hope to be able to write million dollar checks!

We appreciate your support as we make this journey!

 

Our Mission

The mission of Bellafina Chocolates is to help the world’s most vulnerable children.  And we do this by making some of the most delicious chocolate creations on the planet.  Every purchase includes a donation to worthy children’s and literacy charities…always has and always will.

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