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What Does ‘Save the Copts’ Mean?

 

What will remain of our Coptic culture and community in Egypt in 100 years?

Can our brothers and sisters in Christ there possibly thrive if we don’t stand with them?

After the bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, one of my colleagues told us — voice shaking with emotion — how a young woman he knows was killed that day.

She was a doctor. She was holding down a shift at the hospital for her Muslim colleagues, so they could celebrate their holiday with their families.

She went on break to pray at the church near the hospital, and never went home to her own family for Christmas.

As Copts, we know that atrocities like the one at St. Peter and St. Paul’s never take our brothers and sisters. On the contrary, we gain a martyr who is with us forever in the Body of Christ.

But what has Egypt lost? Another committed healer who was there for her fellow Egyptians and their families.

And our Coptic community has lost. Too often, these murders take our most wonderful, talented, loving members, leaving our brothers and sisters struggling to fill the gap.

Attacks like the one on St. Peter and St. Paul’s are therefore a way for the terrorists to send a chilling message: “There is no place for you Copts in Egypt.” They target not just innocent people, but our shared Coptic identity.

So if we care, the question we face is simple: “How can we, the Coptic Diaspora, use our success and God’s gifts to strengthen the Coptic identity and community in Egypt?”

Everywhere in Egypt, there is more that we in the diaspora can do. There are proud, capable people whose hands are extended — not for alms, but to join hands in solidarity, as One Body in Christ.

Furthermore, our responsibility doesn’t end with alleviating immediate suffering. We must take responsibility for how far the Copts have been marginalized and thus hatred was free to spread.

We must support groups that promote the Coptic identity and follow God’s command to serve all. We’re proud to be Copts and, as Martin Luther King said, “We will wear them down with our love.”

The best rebuke to Daesh is to show that, more than just paying lip service to the lives of Copts, we’re not going to stand by while children die of the effects of discrimination, of hate.

There are many organizations, many projects, through which to heal and protect the families of our Coptic brothers and sisters. To save the Copts.

So this Christmas, the next simple question is: What are you going to do?

Double the Impact of Your Gift for the Kids for Free — Find Out How!

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Dear Friend,

I wanted to sincerely thank you for supporting Coptic Orphans, and to let you know that there is a way you can double or even triple the impact of your contributions — at no cost to you — through your employer’s matching gifts program.

Your employer may be one of many American firms that gladly offer matching gifts programs. Companies do this because these programs win them greater employee loyalty, tax breaks, and good public relations. In some categories of businesses, over 65% of the firms have some kind of matching gifts program. So chances are, your employer may.

A “matching gift” means that your employer matches each dollar you gave to us in 2016 with another dollar (or even more) contributed to Coptic Orphans.

Curious about doubling or tripling your gift for free? Below is a list of some major companies that include Coptic Orphans in their matching gifts programs.

If you work for one of these firms, all you have to do is ask your human resources representative, or whomever at your workplace is responsible, for a matching gifts form to fill out for a gift that you’ve already given. If you can’t find your employer on this list, you can email info@copticorphans.org and someone here will find out if the company has a matching gifts program that Coptic Orphans qualifies for.

To make things easier, I’ve linked each company below with its matching gift form or webpage, so all you have to do is click, fill out the form for your recent donations, and submit it to your human resources rep! They should take care of the rest.

Adobe Systems
ADP (Automatic Data Processing)
American Express Company
American International Group (AIG)
Amgen
Apache Canada LTD
Assured Guaranty
Avon Products
Baker Hughes
Bank of America
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Cigna
Cisco Systems
Conoco Phillips Canada
Deutsche Bank
Ericsson Inc.
Freddie Mac
Expedia.com
FrontStream
Gap Inc.
General Electric
Goldman Sachs
Google
HSBC
J.P. Morgan Chase
Juniper
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Medco Health
Medtronic
Merck
Microsoft
Morgan Stanley
Oppenheimer Funds
Oracle Corporation
Pfizer, Inc.
Pitney Bowes
Salesforce
Scientific Design Company, INC
The Capital Group Companies
Prudential 
Thomson Reuters
Tudor Investment Corporation
United States Biochemical
Union Savings Bank
Unilever USA
Verizon
VMware
Westpac
Wildlife Acoustics
Xcel Energy

Thank you for for taking the time to double or even triple the impact of your charitable giving, and for your love, prayers, and support for the children of Egypt! If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to us at info@copticorphans.org.

May this Christmas season be one of joy and peace for you and your family!

1,000s of ‘Free’ Dollars Support the Kids in Egypt When You Shop Online This Way!

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Find out how you can help the children in Egypt get access to quality education while doing your holiday shopping!

Dear Friend,

Did you know that last year, generous and conscientious online Christmas buyers and sellers raised over $3,400 for the children in Egypt?

That’s enough to extend the benefits of Coptic Orphans’ programs — quality education, better housing, medical care, mentoring — to 5 new children for a full year. Imagine changing the lives of 5 children just by shopping online!

If you’re anything like me, you’re doing most of your Christmas shopping online. It’s convenient, hassle-free, and it lets you do something that you can’t do in a store — send this ‘free’ money to support the children of Egypt.

Here’s how you can do it. Many online retailers, like Amazon, will donate to the nonprofit of your choice just for shopping on their site. Others, like eBay, give you the option to easily donate every time you buy or sell on their site. It’s free. All you have to do is choose which nonprofit your donation will go to. This year, you can choose Coptic Orphans, so that your Christmas generosity is transformed into quality education, health care, and many other benefits that help children grow up stronger and break the cycle of poverty.

Many online retailers have gift-giving programs, and each one is a little different. To make it easier, I’m going to tell you about the two biggest ones, eBay Giving Works and AmazonSmile.

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eBay Giving Works is an easy and convenient way of giving a little bit every time you buy or sell on eBay. The next time you’re about to check out on eBay, you’ll have the opportunity to choose and follow Coptic Orphans from a drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can follow Coptic Orphans on eBay by clicking here.  And once you follow us, eBay will save your preferences and you’ll find our name pre-selected for you every time you check out on their site.

Sellers on eBay will have the opportunity to give a percentage of their sales to their favorite nonprofit. eBay will prorate listing fees based off of percentage donated. To learn more about how eBay promotes selling for charities, visit the eBay for Charity page here.

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Amazon Smile is very simple. Every time you buy an item using smile.amazon.com, .5% of your purchase goes to a pre-selected nonprofit organization. You don’t have to pay a single extra penny. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization from a list of eligible organizations, search for Coptic Orphans and you’re good to go. But remember, this only works if you use smile.amazon.com, so add it to your favorites list!

Thank you for making it part of your family’s Christmas celebration to shop online in this simple, easy, free way that can bring so much joy to children in Egypt!