Our “Gifts from the Heart” shoe box promotion has been such a blessing over the last few years to countless people! The gifts that are donated are sent to orphans, widows, the suffering and those alone throughout the areas we serve. Who puts them together? They come in from churches, schools, businesses, families, individuals, and children! What do you need to be involved?
- 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SPECIAL NOTE: We cannot include used or damaged items, violence-related toys (guns, knives, military figurines), outdated foods or candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins and breakable items glass containers, snow globes, or aerosol cans.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. 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.
With warmest wishes and in faithful partnership!
Questions, feel free to email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 920-729-5721.
International Children's Fund Brat Fry Schedule
Thanks to everyone for your support and having lunch with us during our 2016 brat fry season! Stay tuned for our 2017 schedule. If you haven't had a chance to visit us, come anytime to see our warehouse, office and check out where all of the work is being done by our amazing volunteers that help us to send out 40 ft containers of donated goods to our partners throughout the world. Last year, your generous support helped us to send twenty-five containers valued at over $49 million dollars to help people in desperate need.
UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY
Every three seconds the world loses a child.
Again, this year many children will not see their fifth birthday. The reasons for this tragedy are diverse; hunger, malnutrition, dirty water or the absence of vaccine protection.
Every single one of these problems can weaken the immune system so much that avoidable diseases lead to life-threatening danger. International Children’s Fund helps those children in need, especially in Africa.
The secret of our work is a reliable network of partners in the villages, providing your donations as food, clothes, medicine, appliances and financial capital where children need it the most. ICF also supports the building of orphanages, churches, schools and vocational training centers. We have created wells for clean water and started agricultural projects.
With your donation (http://support.icfaid.org/donatenow) we can continue our work and help stop the world from needlessly losing many children every year. Thank you for your support.
And we want to give special thanks to the boy’s choir Wuppertaler Kurrende http://www.wuppertaler-kurrende.com) for supporting the idea.
This song is now available on itunes: http://bit.ly/S9zTDJ
New Community Clinic, Liberia
Pastor Emmanuel Gyamfi has been a long time partner with International Children's Fund. One of the most critical issues that he is addressing in his community outside Monrovia, Liberia is the need for medical care.
During the month of March, his small clinic served more than 3,800 patients. Of these, more than 200 were suffering from Malaria. Thankfully, that is half of the amount that were treated last year at this time. One of the reasons may be that we were able to send a shipment of mosquito nets and each person that comes to the clinic receives this life-saving tool! Also note that the clinic accepts payments from those that are able but turns no one away that needs medical care.
As you read some time ago, the demand for medical services has exceeded the capacity of their small facility. Through the assistance of supporters like you, ICF has provided funding to expand this clinic to meet the current and future needs of the community.
Construction of the additional facility is progressing very well. Above is a recent photo that was taken on our visit in February. The expanded facility, however, will require additional medical equipment and supplies. Your continued support will facilitate our ability to meet this critical need.