Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday is a wrap up!

Christmas giving starts at home....
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 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
  • <>• a reflex
Here we are checking the items....
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?


Sara said...

That is just so sweet! I love the fact that you are teaching Maya about the less fortunate! Wonderful! And your overnight looked like fun too!

Sorry about the email - I thought it showed, but I guess not. Mine is so email me your address and I will get the packages out this week sometime!

Rhonda said...

What a sweet thing to do and a wonderful way to involve the next generation. Good for you and your daughter.

Brenda said...

Wonderful thing for you to do. We donate items every year to families in our community, but expanding and sending to another country is a great idea.

Sarah said...

What a fantastic idea. We kinda had something like this but it seems to have fizzled over the years - such a shame. We never heard about our packages so we often wondered if they ever did get to the children...

Carol in Sweden said...

When we put these packages together we were instructed by the organizer to include our address so that the recepient can write us a thank you note if they wish to. I really hope we'll hear back from them because that will make it even more meaningful for Maya!

Holly said...

What a wonderful thing to do. I am getting the kids from Church together to decorate picture frames to take to church members that are in nursing homes. It will be fun.