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Gifts from the Heart
A shoe box. Once it held a new pair of shoes, perhaps a pair of shoes that gave their new owner self-confidence, or an athlete a sought after boost for an upcoming competition, or shoes that walked their first day to school. A new pair of shoes can offer so much hope for what is to come.
Now, imagine that same shoe box being received by another – with just as much pride, excitement and hope! Inside this re-purposed shoe box isn’t a pair of shoes, but something much more coveted. Inside this shoebox is God’s work! It’s a message to the receiver that they are not forgotten and they are loved.
We need your help to share God’s love in West Africa this holiday season. What can you do to give the gift of God’s work, to bring a smile to someone’s face that doesn’t often have much to smile about?
- Save or collect sturdy shoeboxes. You can also purchase plastic shoebox size containers from the Dollar Store.
- Decide the gender and age for each shoebox recipient and write this on the top of the shoe box cover. You can choose children of any age, the suffering, the lonely or widows.
- Organize yourself, your family, church, Girl or Boy Scout troop, etc. to fill each shoebox with gifts for your intended recipient. A list of gift ideas is below.
- After the shoebox is filled, place a rubber band around it and deliver it to International Children’s Fund by November 1st. Our address is 619 Main Street, Neenah, WI 54956.
- Your shoebox will be delivered, free of charge, to someone who desperately needs the hope and love packed inside.
Besides your prayer, the gift can include any new gift that will bring a smile to the face of someone in need.
Toys such as cars, dolls, balls, harmonicas, kazoos, yo-yo’s, jump ropes, small Etch-a-Sketch (check Hobby Lobby), or any toys that light up and make noise (include extra batteries please)
School supplies are always well received so please consider pens, pencils, crayons, markers, stamps and ink pads, writing pads, paper, solar calculators, coloring books, or small picture books.
Hygiene items also are needed. Toothbrushes, mild soap (place in plastic bag), combs, washcloths, are useful items.
Miscellaneous items that everyone enjoys are hard candy and lollipops (double bag all candy), mints, gum, t-shirts, socks, baseball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (include extra batteries), peanut butter and large candy bars.
SPECIAL NOTE: We cannot include used or damaged items, violence-related toys (guns, knives, military figurines), outdated foods or candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins and breakable items glass containers, snow globes, or aerosol cans.
Lastly, say a prayer for your recipient and finish with a personal note from you. This is an excellent way for children to personalize their gift with a drawing, or their heart-felt wishes! Please do NOT include your full name or address for privacy reasons.
Let God’s work shine through you. Your message of love will touch someone’s life across the oceans. Make this a tradition during your season of giving. Thank you for sharing your love and your work with those in need this Christmas season.
Questions can be directed to Lori Fulcer at email@example.com or 920-729-5721.
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WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE GIFT OF GIVING?
Kate is an 11 year old young lady that attends Stephen Foster Elementary Charter School in Appleton. Her Mother connected with us and shared that Kate collected some shoes for people in Africa and wanted to donate them to our organization. She donated over 200 pairs of shoes! Enough to fill a gaylord!
Kate started planning for this project in January 2016. She wanted to help children in Africa. She learned that they had to walk to obtain water, sometimes many miles, and that they would develop sores on their feet that could lead to an infection that was potentially deadly. So she wanted to send them shoes...which turned into her “Shoes for Africa” campaign. Her school teaches global leadership by learning about issues all over the world. They promote the value of leadership on a local level as well nationally and internationally.
We are so proud of Kate and thankful for her generous and thoughtful donation. “Kate’s shoes” will go a long way in helping people in need in Africa.
We have received so many phone calls from Mom's who want to get their children involved helping others but aren't sure how to go about it. How many times have you thought that your children have way too many toys laying around and they have no interest in playing with them? You might want to consider the next time you throw a birthday party for your child to talk with them about his or her expectations for their birthday party. Feel them out and see if they would be willing to give up receiving presents from their friends and instead help someone in need and donate to a charity that helps other children!
Recently we had a Mom call and her daughter was having a party. Annually they chose a charity and would focus on giving instead of receiving. This year they decided to give to International Children's Fund! All of the children bought pens, pencils, markers and all sorts of fun things and each wrote a little note of love or they drew a picture with their markers in their notebooks! It really made them feel good to give and share their gifts. What a way to make a difference in our children's lives and bless others throughout the world!
Thank you to Abby, Helena and Kai for sharing their love with the children of Africa! What an inspiration!
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