I am thankful for a cute video of twins who were playing restaurant with their parents, I later become attached to their Youtube channel - ItsJudysLife. That video was the start of it all and I have been watching their hundreds of videos, started with their latest vids to the old ones, I have even watched her video where she was still young and single or perhaps she was still dating her husband, Benji.
The twins are Kiera and Miyako and they have a big sister they call as Ate JB. If you notice, that's "Ate", pronounced as a-te which means big sister in Tagalog or Bisaya. That basically states that someone in the family is a Filipino and that made this Youtube channel more interesting.
Judy is a pure Filipino who was raised in the United States. Her parents are in the US and so she had spent almost all her life in that country. She started vlogging when she was in college, her first videos were more about make ups and girly stuffs. Ever since, she loves sharing her daily life but she mostly share make up tutorial videos.
However, she started getting into full time vlogger or video blogger on YouTube when she realized the great opportunity which was in front of her by just posting videos and getting paid with each views! She realized she was earning more than her day job so to make the long story short, she found YouTube to be a perfect way to be a master of her time and earn doing what she loves - socializing!
Here's Benjie, Judy's husband who has a great bloodline! Born and raise in Japan but moved to the United States. They met during college and been in love with each other ever since.
Benjie is also active in social media and vlogging. He actually sometimes do the vlogging but my favorite part about Benjie vlogging is his foodie videos. He makes green juice together with his daughters specially JB.
JB, Kiera and Miya
The daughters of Judy and Benjie. Kiera and Miya are actually twins which makes parenting more special. They are actually the main reason why I watch their Youtube Channel as they have really cute clips.
As the days gone by, I had been totally caught up with her videos because of the twins. Judy's videos where she feature her kids are my favorites, in fact her viewers would always ask about the twins and Ate JB too! As I was watching her old videos, I came upon a specific clip of them dancing on a December which they then call as Dancember. I got intrigued about it but never really gave my attention to it until Judy came to the Philippines and do some charity works related to that Dancember activity they had organized that December, I guess that was 2015.
So What is Dancember?
I got intrigued with this as Judy and Benjie has been featuring it in almost every video they had published last year. I became curious as to what this specific activity is so I have to research about it. But actually, there's no need to do so as Judy herself had already explained it in one of their videos:
Yes that video was only a clip of how Julianna, their eldest had responded to the clips which Judy showed her when they were in the Philippines for the Convoy of Hope activity where they had fed kids who were living in the slums of the city.
That had made Judy proud as a parent that Julianna herself showed compassion to the kids who have very less and she even wanted to share what she had, pajamas, shirts, shoes and even undies! It was a very nice clip that made me cry too myself.
That activity had showed what Dancember is all about. It's all about dancing for the love of giving in the essence of Christmas. Dancember supports Convoy of Hope and FeedOne organizations. They are the beneficiary of the activity that they are doing or shall I say dancing for the love of the activity. feedONE fights hunger and poverty by providing nutritious food and opportunities for children and families in need.
Last year Dancember raised more than $200,000. This year, they have aimed to feed 50,000 hungry kids around the world with the help of Itsjudytime and friends! So last December 16, the Dancember had finally begun and they had started earning the amount. To this date, they have gathered $476,574.22 out of the $500,000 goal.
Here's a Message from Judy and Benji
It’s December and you know what that means – it’s #Dancember!
This is our favorite time of the year and we’re back to support feedONE and Convoy of Hope to feed at least 50,000 kids in their children’s feeding initiative. Right now, they feed nearly 150,000 children in 10 developing countries and we want to be a part of it. You can read more about this incredible organization to the right…
By making your donation through #Dancember (even if it’s only $10), you’ll be entered to win a free trip to VidCon 2017 (airfare, hotel, all of it!) AND we’ll take you to lunch during your special trip.
The more you give, the more chances you’ll have to win. But that’s not all… we’re so excited to make this #Dancember even more special that we are giving you some special rewards at all the different donation levels.
If you haven’t been a part of #Dancember before… we are so excited to bring you in on the fun! On December 16th, be a part of the 24 hour broadcast on YouTube Live. That’s right, 24 insane hours of caffeine, dancing and surprises. And it will all be to help the campaign raise as much as we can for feedONE! Watch the video at the top of the page for all the details.
We’re incredibly thankful that you have joined us. See you on December 16th for #Dancember 2016!
They have amassed millions of views on YouTube. The couple and their three daughters have partnered with Convoy of Hope for Dancember, the Travis’ 24-hour live broadcast on their YouTube channel that will raise funds for children and families in Convoy of Hope’s programs throughout the world.
Benji says Dancember started with the intent of raising funds to help homeless teens in the U.S.
“We offered to dance for 24 hours if our YouTube viewers hit our fundraising goal,” says Benji. The campaign generated a lot of buzz among their fans and ended up smashing their original goal. The couple has since chosen several other nonprofits to support.
Benji attributes Dancember’s appeal to how fun it is to participate: The couple isn’t just providing a platform for donors to give — they offer a little entertainment in return.
What is Convoy of Hope
HOPE - could be one of the best feeling one can have in the world. If you have hope, you'll definitely love the thought of living and living for others. Hope in the dictionary means a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Convoy means a group of ships or vehicles traveling together, typically accompanied by armed troops, warships, or other vehicles for protection. But if the two words are combined together, that means they are a group of people accompanying for protection, giving hope to the needy.
But for a better info, I have checked their website as for how they had described themselves. As a faith-based, nonprofit organization Convoy of Hope has helped more than 79 million people throughout the world by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how, and opportunities that empower people to live independent lives, free from poverty, disease and hunger.
Convoy of Hope does this through mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers each year and partnering with churches, businesses, individuals and other humanitarian organizations who are intent on doing good work among the impoverished and suffering.
Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 79 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope.
The Convoy of Hope has a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response. That's their mission and their goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.
For more information, you may email them at email@example.com
You may also visit their website: www.convoyofhope.org/