No one ever forgets his or her first love. For some it was the girl or boy next door, for others it was a celebrity on TV. Mine was basketball. There is no greater feeling in the world than the leather of a ball leaving your fingertips, knowing it’s going in as you release, and watching it rip the net . . .
My name is Andy Jensen and I am the founder of Fusioned Family – a one-man shop that encourages interfaith families and couples to celebrate the holidays in a fun and unifying way. I was raised in a home where my siblings and I were raised Jewish because of our mom, but we always celebrated Christmas because of our dad. I got the idea for Fusioned Family when I realized our holiday decorations were not a complete portrayal of our family. We had Chanukah in one room and Christmas in another, but we didn’t have a fusion of the two.
I launched Fusioned Family in the fall of 2015 and had a great first year but something was missing. Giving back isn’t just important to me, it’s something I feel compelled to do.
When I was a kid I never had to worry about food or clothing, and I certainly didn’t have to worry about conflict and war in my own neighborhood.
When my sister told me about PPI I was immediately intrigued. Here’s an organization that not only has a similar mission as Fusioned Family (unifying people of different backgrounds) but they accomplish it by means of my first love: basketball.
That is why I am excited to officially announce that starting this year, for every ornament Fusioned Family sells, $1 will be donated to PPI-Middle East.
It’s rare to stay connected with your first love, but basketball has always been there to challenge, inspire, and bring me closer to teammates from all walks of life. Here’s hoping that the kids of the Middle East fall head over heels, too.