Category Archives : Christmas
A Merry Christmas, around the world! December 10, 2018
It’s Christmas time! And thanks to you, the kids we serve around the world are celebrating in style!
Every year our staff works very hard to throw a big Christmas party in each of our program locations, and it’s your Love Pak gifts that make it possible. The basics at each party are the same: yummy food, a special present to let each child know they’re loved, and a retelling of the nativity story. At the heart of each party is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. But beyond that, each country infuses the party with their own traditions.
It’s so much fun to see the different ways kids celebrate! Here’s a brief look at past Love Pak parties around the world, to help you visualize how our kids are celebrating this year:
5 Ways to Give without Breaking the Bank December 4, 2018
Christmas is coming! And with it, the season of giving! But between your Christmas list, big family meals, and trips to visit far-flung relatives it can also be a season of budgeting and stretching every dollar. You want to give generously, but sometimes it seems impossible to balance generosity with family obligations. Pretty soon what should be a season of joy becomes a season of overwhelming stress.
Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered with our list of top five ways to give more without spending more!
Stitches of Hope November 20, 2018
Carmen grew up with seven siblings! With all those kids, there was never quite enough to go around. Carmen vowed she’d do better by her own family someday.
But she wound up with four kids of her own – and now one grandchild! Making ends meet in Peru’s economy is tough. Her parents could barely feed all of them. As soon as she was old enough, Carmen dropped out of school to find a job.
After she had her first child, Carmen decided she needed to go back and finish high school. (more…)
The best gift of all! November 5, 2018
When Caroline went to her Christmas Love Pak party last year, she didn’t know her life was about to change forever. All she was thinking about was getting out of the house for a few hours.
At the time, Caroline was just 15, and she was deeply depressed. Which was no surprise, given all she was dealing with at home. Her beloved mother had passed away a few years ago, and Caroline was still grieving.
When her mom died, Caroline had to take on a lot of extra responsibility. She is now the sole care-giver for her sick auntie. They can’t afford a good doctor, so they’re not sure exactly what’s wrong. All Caroline knows is that her aunt is too weak to walk. Caroline has to help her with everything – she cooks her meals, cleans the house, even helps her aunt outside to the toilet. Can you imagine? And they only have a pit in the ground – Caroline has to help her aunt crouch down over the pit, and then pull her back up. Good thing Caroline is strong for her age!
When Chickens Give You Wings September 28, 2018
Chickens can’t fly…but they might help Moses fly!
True Christmas Joy January 9, 2018
Thank you to everyone who gave a Christmas Love Pak to a child in need this year!
Together, we gave Love Paks to 6,937 children! Your gifts filled their Christmases with light and joy. And for many of them, you gave them the opportunity to hear the true Christmas story for the first time! Most importantly, you let a hurting child know they are not forgotten.
Your gifts touched hearts in…. (more…)
Double Christmas Blessings October 6, 2017
Christmas will be here before you know it! If you’re like me – and many of our supporters – you have a big shopping list for people you’d like to bless this year…and that list can seem a little overwhelming.
Thankfully, the 2017 Christmas Gift Catalog is here! And it’s here to help us all with our Christmas shopping! The catalog has more than 25 items that you can give to help a child or family in need. But did you know you can give those items “in honor” of one of your friends or loved ones? (more…)
Joy to the World! January 12, 2017
Two girls giggle excitedly in a small church in rural Uganda. They are carefully trying on costumes, and helping each other with head-dresses and paper wings.
Meanwhile a little boy sits on the floor crafting props out of paper, while other children memorize lines. A few adults are also hard at work – One is setting out treats, and another is “decking the halls” with Christmas trees and ornaments. Another is laying out piles of presents wrapped in festive, sparkly paper.
All of this work is in preparation for the Love Pak Christmas party, and excitement levels could not be higher! All of this is because of you. We are amazed by your generosity! With all your gifts this year, we threw parties just like this one for 6,500 children around the world. 6,500! That’s a new Love Pak record! Thank you for bringing so much joy this Christmas! (more…)
Christmas in Kiserian November 11, 2016
Kiserian is a small village that lies just beyond the shores of Lake Baringo. To get there is no easy task! One way is to take a boat across the lake. The other way is to take a four-wheel drive vehicle over bumpy roads and through rushing streams.
In a small hut, a little girl prepares for something special. No, it isn’t for the arrival of Santa Claus or funny little elves. It’s something much better.
Gifts that matter November 11, 2016
Have you ever found yourself spending hours or even days trying to figure out what to buy a friend or family member for Christmas? You find yourself thinking, “It’s getting closer to Christmas, and I still haven’t found anything for Uncle Harry!” It can be hard to determine what presents people will actually enjoy, but one of our donors has found a creative solution to the problem.
Read on to find out how she is making a bigger impact by changing her gift-giving traditions.