Monday, January 13, 2014
Anointed Touch's Owner Gives Back
The holiday season is widely knows as a time for giving. Anointed Touch's owner, Tiffany Maple, spent time during the recent holiday season to give back to those in need.
I initially contacted Maple in December while she was in El Paso, TX preparing for her trip into Juarez, Mexico. While on the trip, Maple participated in Ministerios Jesus Es Mana's (JEM Ministries) annual toy drive. "They give toys to children in the community away for free that have been donated by many different sources," said Maple. "This is a shorter trip than I would normally take in the summer, only 5 days."
Maple began traveling to Mexico for mission trips with her high school youth group. "I went because all my friends were going and enjoyed myself on those trips and felt good about myself after I was finished," said Maple. "But as an adult, what has brought me back is realizing that I am not the main character of this story of life. God is working a story line that all of us can participate in, or not, but I choose to be about what God is about and He is all about the orphaned, the widowed and the poor. He has blessed me and my life and coming down to serve a few weeks out of the year is the least I can do. I don't believe you have to go to another country to serve the poor or orphaned, its just where opportunity has arisen for me."
Since high school, Maple has taken two summer mission trips to Mexico, and one other Christmas Toy Drive. Her previous career didn't allow for her to travel to Mexico, which was a major factor in her decision to switch careers and open Anointed Touch. "It is important for me to give back to a place I feel called, and I so I pursed a career that would allow me to take the time to go and be a blessing," said Maple.
Transporting the toys and food into Mexico for the toy drive is a complicated process for Maple and her counterparts. "We start on the American side and each one of us carries bags with 5 toys each across the border into Mexico, and then someone meets us on the Mexican side to collect them and take them to the church." Due to corruption within the Mexican government, the group isn't able to simply transport all the food and toys across the border in one car ride. "If they saw a vehicle with that many toys, they would either tax us or just take them. So we spend an entire day walking back and forth across the border to ensure that they toys don't get stolen or that the Ministry doesn't get charged," said Maple.
On the day of the toy drive, the area surrounding the church property is filled with families camping out in preparation for the distribution of the toys. "There really is nothing better than putting a smile on a kids face and be able to hand them a new toy, something they may never have gotten any other way. It's just a wonder," said Maple. According to Maple, no family has ever walked away from the toy drive without a toy.
Maple's work in Mexico stays with her after returning home, and a has an impact on her daily life. "It certainly helps me to keep a perspective when things go wrong. I catch myself saying 'this is the worst' and then I have to correct myself because I have seen much worse than my missing phone charger!" Additionally, Maple's work did not end after leaving Mexico. She will be donating 10% of all sales during the month of January to JEM Ministries, and will also match the amount with her own money. Next time you book a massage with Anointed Touch, you will not only be helping to support the shop local movement, but you will also be helping those in need elsewhere.