Maya and I went shopping yesterday to purchase the items for packages to give to the school children in Eastern Europe (Latvia, Moldva, Rumania, Ukraine). We had fun picking out the items together although I had to remind her a couple of times that we were not shopping for her or her friends! She understood finally that the things are for poor children who do not have all the nice things she has....like SOAP! a tooth brush....and paste!
And today we put the packages together.....
- 1 notebook for writing
- 1 lead pencil
- 1 eraser
- 1 drawing pad
- 1 packet of colored pencils, crayons or markers
- 1 soap
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 tube toothpaste
- 1 small box of candy
- 1 holiday greeting card and
Maya wrote on each of the 10 cards from our family...she did so very neatly. I am proud of her participation in this charity activity organized in part by my American Women's Club. It feels good to pass along the joy of giving to others to her! I hope we can do something like this every year. (wish we didn't have such poverty in the world, though)
I love wrapping gifts! Can you tell!?
Here are our 10 packages...ready to go on their journey to Eastern Europe!
If you live in Sweden...perhaps you would also like to give something to others less fortunate! I've included the information for you below.....
This charitable action is organized through a reliable charity (Lakarmissionen) Human Bridge. Receiving a Christmas gift of soap and a few pens will obviously not change the lives of children living in some of the impoverished parts of Eastern Europe; however it may help to make their Christmas a little happier knowing that somebody in another country has thought of them.
What charity projects are you involved in for the holidays or other times of the year?