November 17, 2011
Commit to Sponsor a Child for a Year
There are hundreds of thousands of children outside the United States who are waiting to find their forever families. Unfortunately, some countries do not have the means or the programs to support all of these children. Various organizations have been established to facilitate the sponsorship of a child, orphanage, or agency for a small monthly, weekly, or daily fee. Check with the Better Business Bureau before committing to a particular organization.
Imagine the most tastefully decorated Thanksgiving table with a crystal long-stemmed glass at every place. The plates are a delicate, festive cream with leaves trailing down the side. The accents are there. The napkins are cloth. Pretty fancy don't you think?
It was fancy but you haven't heard the best part yet. On a small card, written in calligraphy was a note reading: A meal in your honor has been donated to the local children's care network. What a beautiful Thanksgiving meal. The food was tremendous and the company grand but the part I remember the most was that little note on my plate. What a delicate touch. What a delightful way to give thanks.
There are many children who lack basic care. They need food, clothing and an education. There are ways that you can help. My friends, who hosted our thanksgiving meal, found a way. They donated money to cover food for others. My family fills Christmas shoe boxes. It is a way of 'adopting' a child for Christmas. We fill them with hygiene products, school supplies, toys and candy. Then away they are shipped overseas
to meet the Christmas wishes and needs of children.
The children overseas often struggle for food, clothing and healthcare. They often do not have the opportunity to go to school. A neat way to make a difference is to sponsor a child. By giving a certain amount of money every month- a family can support a child in another country. This often provides the child with food, clothing, school and healthcare. My family has always supported children in this fashion. We receive updates and pictures from our children. We look forward to hearing how they are doing. We even have received letters from the child's parents- thanking us for the gift we give. In many countries around the world jobs are not available, poverty prevails and children suffer. This is a way to make a difference in a child's life- a way to 'adopt' without bringing a child into your home. There are many reputable organizations that can help you begin to sponsor a child.
Do you sponsor a child? We would love to hear about your experiences. There are many opportunities for this type of service. You will find that it makes your life richer and more rewarding to give back in this fashion.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like ~ St. Augustine