These are questions that the Dinsmore family had to wrestle with when, then 10 year-old, Alexandra Dinsmore, and her mother discussed a big idea: to design and sell dresses that would make a major impact on the lives of people around the world.
World Vision was the best option for the Disnmore family as they considered the organization’s values and their own. The Dinsmore family has been attending The Meeting House for over 10 years, and The Meeting House has also been connected with World Vision for a number of years. The family knew that World Vision helped people of various ages, genders, and cultures. Additionally, they loved that World Vision is a Christian organization, but that they are committed to help people of every religion.
Since World Vision supports so many projects, Alex and Jackie decided to tie the projects that they would be supporting to different dress colours. That way, customers could see specifically how their purchase was making a difference. Read more here: http://www.flapjackkids.com/pages/our-story
As a parent, Jackie wanted to support her daughter in the endeavor, but was also aware of the many challenges. She says, “There were lots of hiccups at the beginning; our fabric was months late, delaying our project well past the spring, which hurt us quite a bit. Alex had to learn that not everything was in our control, and we had to learn to deal with curveballs thrown our way.”
Though Alex, now 11, is still quite young, she was launched into the spotlight with interviews on 680 News, an article in Huffington Post, and many more. But Alex is grounded and has an excellent relationship with her mom. Together, they would have long talks about being nervous during interviews and what it means to speak from the heart.
Jackie says, “When Alex spoke from the heart and trusted in God to help her through, the words just flowed and the message was heard.”
Alex, who has grown up through kidmax and theUNDERGROUND, loves learning about God. The Ivy & Alex Project has allowed the Dinsmore family to combine entrepreneurship with work they feel can have an impact for God’s kingdom. The project has brought more gratitude into the hearts of each member of the family and has also strengthened their relationship with God in the process.