Tis the Season: I Smell Cinnamon Rolls!

LADIES!  THIS IS AN UPDATED REPOST FROM MAY OF 2016. 

BRITTANY TURCO AND HER MOM ARE STILL GOING STRONG WITH THEIR ROLLS FOR REFUGEES EFFORTS THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON!  

Is this post new to you?  Well, enjoy reading about how it all started and how you can get involved right now!


In 2015, I was reading countless stories and seeing unsettling photos of the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War 2. These stories break my heart. And they break the heart of God too. Families, just like ours, are leaving everything they know, fleeing ISIS, in hopes to stay alive. I kept asking myself, what can I do when I’m here and they are over there?

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A refugee woman carrying her baby as she arrives by boat in Greece

Then, in that next November, I was sitting around the dinner table with my family and my parents. My mom and I had been talking about the refugee crisis in the Middle East and she had been asking the same questions. So, we started to brainstorm ideas about what we could do to help. With Christmas right around the corner, we thought…what if we bake up some cinnamon rolls (which is something we do every Christmas) and sell them? We decided to call it “Rolls for Refugees” and give 100% of the money to various organizations who are on the ground in Syria, Iraq and the region.

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Cinnamon Rolls ready for delivery

We had no idea what the response would be. And when God puts something on your heart and you want to follow it and have faith, the enemy will try to come in and bring doubt. But we moved forward and put it out there and we were overwhelmed by the support.

In the last two years, Brittany and her mom have raised nearly $3,000 to donate.  This is their third year making cinnamon rolls and the organizations that they are supporting this year are: Mennonite Central Committee & Pre-Emptive Love. We chose those organizations because they are the meeting the needs of refugees in the name of Jesus and are doing amazing things.

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I want to encourage you to take action in an area that pulls on your heart strings. Maybe you’re feeling called to the love and care of foster kids. Or maybe you’ve been praying about sponsoring a child. Or perhaps you want to take a stance against sex trafficking. If you don’t know where to start, begin by praying for God to reveal what he’d like you to step into.

God has given us all gifts and talents that He wants us to use for Kingdom Justice. He breaks our hearts for people and circumstances because we all have something to offer.

SO, DO YOU WANT SOME CINNAMON ROLLS?!

HERE’S HOW YOU GET SOME:

**LAST DAY TO ORDER IS TUESDAY, DEC 12TH!!**

Click this link to go directly to their Rolls for Refugees website so you can order a pan of cinnamon rolls!  (Get one for you and one for a friend!)

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Brittany Turco with her mom, Sheryl Russell, have been baking together for over 30 years. The Rolls for Refugees project was not only a fundraiser, but also a way to raise awareness of the refugee crisis. Click here to find out more. Brittany is on staff at Grace Chapel and Sheryl attends Zion Mennonite Church.

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