A little gift can go a long way…especially when you live in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. For children living in the slums and rural areas on the island of Hispaniola, gifts are a rare, or even nonexistent, treat. But if you’re like most Americans in the current economy, the idea of sending a gift to a child in another country seems really far away as you look at your Christmas shopping list.
That’s why packing a simple shoebox (we all have one or two of those lying around!) with basic items like soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hard candy and a couple of dollar store toys is a perfect way to make sure a child in need gets a Christmas present. In fact, if you’ve recently visited the dentist, you probably have an extra toothbrush and tube of paste lying around. Soap-it almost always comes in packs of four or more-just add one of the bars to the shoebox. A child on the edge of the cholera outbreak in Haiti will greatly appreciate your gift as she washes her hands free of the germs that could make her seriously ill. Of course, you can get fancy by purchasing a plastic shoebox and a few higher end items if you can, but whatever you can afford will be perfect and make a child very happy.
How can you do this? Send a shoebox present through New Missions. Serving in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, they make sure kids who may not normally get presents are blessed this Christmas. And believe me, that $2 jump rope will be treasured. What little they receive, they are resourceful with it and make it last and last.
Got kids? They will have a blast helping pick out items for the box. Go to shoeboxdrive.com for a list, packing instructions and drop off locations for Central Florida residents. If you are not local, directions for mailing are also included.
Boxes are being collected throughout December, so add an extra little gift or two to your shopping basket or bag and help a child have a reason to smile this Christmas.