The wife of a new family in church had one of the coolest bags I had seen lately. Upon asking her about it, I found out that it was re-purposed from old coffee sacks! I’m a huge fan of re-purposing and so had to investigate further. It was made by an organization called “I Know Hope” which was founded by my new friend’s mother-in-law. Here are some of the details of the history of this group:
Know Hope was founded in 2009 by Connie Baker. Connie was born with a heart to help children around the world. Especially the desperate and the suffering ones. In 2005, Connie began taking teams of people into mountain villages around Tijuana, Mexico to build houses, churches, and orphanages. It was through these trips that her eyes were opened to the desperate children in the world.
In 2009, shortly after hearing a message preached on Matthew 25, we launched this non-profit organization called Know Hope. Our mission is to get the message to children around the world, that there is hope in Jesus Christ. The way we send that message is by bringing food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and aid to the orphans of this world.
So what they do is gather empty burlap coffee sacks and pull the best part of the bag and make sweet hand-bags. These are on sale throughout the US and Canada at different shops, or you can just go to their online site: Know Hope Store
Here are some examples of the bags:
I believe this one is $25.
I like this one as well. Just the colors are really nice. Brown and blue go together so well…and teal is a kind of blue! Measures 12″ high and 14″ wide (medio size) with a 1 1/2″ thick strap. This one/size costs $35.
This last one is my favorite! I love the rhino and the colors! It’s super-cool. I would totally buy it for myself, but I’ve placed a moratorium on spending (we’ll see how long that lasts) until the end of summer. You can get this particular design as either a medio (12″H x 14″W) or a grande (insert big smile here) which can hold a 15″ laptop. Cool, huh?
And it all goes to a good cause: feeding hungry children around the world. That’s something that I can get behind easily. Enjoy!