I don't have the time right now to write a very lengthy post about our trip today but I wanted to post these pictures at least.
We sponsored 94 families. Some of those families had 3, 5, 8 children. Some of the parents cried. Some asked where to send a thank you note. Some praised God and started dancing! (Those were the ones that really made me know this was a success.)
These pictures do not do justice. Half the time I forgot to take pictures because we were talking, or watching cute kids, or finding presents...
We set up a "dollar toy" bin. As the kids got their presents they could also pick a toy or two to take home with them. We also had a bunch of socks donated and we gave those out at this time too.
In the afternoon it started snowing! We did get to play in it a little bit. :)
The people I have to thank for this are too many. I'm going to forget someone. You know - if you bought a present, helped me wrap, helped me count, helped me deliver, gave me money, showed your support in any way, watched my kids (so I could work!), helped me organize... there are so many things that went into this being a success and I can't thank you all enough for being part of it.
We gave some kids Christmas! As Christians, if you find out that someone needs something, you're not supposed to say, "Well, I'll pray for you." and walk away. You need to say that and then do something if possible. These kids were not going to have Christmas in a lot of cases. Instead of us saying, "Oh, that's awful. I wish there were something we could do.", we came together as a church (literally - our specific church), as a "church" (in general, Christians, because other churches helped out with this project), as a community (those who do not attend our church who supported this) and we did something about it. We had several opportunities to tell people this was all God, that we were only able to do this because He had blessed us. You can't ask for anything else than opportunities to show blessings and be able to plant seeds in someone's life.
So who's up for sponsoring them for Valentine's Day?? :)