Samaritan's Purse has an incredible website, loaded with tons of information, pictures, and stories from people all over the world. Beware of the video section, there are some real tear jerkers in there, I personally cry whenever I see the video of the donkey carrying shoeboxes on his back, I don't know why, something about that scene just gets me. Samaritan's Purse gets in there and delivers them far and wide.
This year, the kids and I thought we'd expand our efforts and try to send 30 boxes, instead of our normal 3.
The first thing I did was round up some of the kids' Halloween candy. I'm always looking for options for Halloween candy. In the past I've recycled it to stuff Maya's birthday pinata with, but then the kids just bat it around, poke a hole in it, pick it up off the floor, and it ends up right back in my kitchen again. It's a vicious cycle. The only way to truly rid yourself of Halloween candy is to pack it up in shoeboxes, fly it overseas, get it on the back of a donkey and have it delivered to a remote, destitute child.
The only problem is that you must first separate and purge. You can't send chocolate, we all know that chocolate doesn't travel well. But then there are some other considerations you must take into account, like how a remote child might feel about receiving gummy body parts, eyeball candy, and atomic fireballs.
I know, atomic fireballs are fun, don't get me wrong; but can you imagine a kid who lives primarily on rice, popping one of those things into his mouth and then screaming in agony? I wouldn't want them to think that Americans are sinister. We are a kind and loving people, which is why I only included a few atomic fireballs...
and a ton of bubble gum and other assorted non-body-part-related sweets.
But you can't just send sweets without sending toothbrushes and toothpaste. I don't want to be responsible for a world dental crisis.
Then there were the toys. This year I was impressed that none of my kids said it was "no fair" that "those kids" get to have all these toys and they get nothing. They've come such a long way, I'm so proud. The kids actually had a great time organizing what seemed like a bazillion toys.
and it didn't take us long to get stuff in order and ready for the big shoebox party
With the help of 16 kids, 2 babies, 4 moms, and 2 dads (who took it upon themselves to go for a leisurely coffee run), we assembled...
labeled and packed
I am truly trying to be happy about it, but being a bit goal oriented, I am lamenting over the missing two boxes. I'm quite certain that there will be two additional boxes in the mix by the time these get hauled off to the distribution center this week.
If you're the praying type, please pray for the children who will receive these boxes. We don't know who they are, but God does.