I know, I know. It is summer. Why in the WORLD am I talking about school?!?! Well, let's just say that in this case, I think it is a great idea to start early.
Fikret was 6 when men with guns came to his home and loaded his older brother and father into a truck. He never saw them again.
Farah was 8 when a bomb blew up next to her and her Mom as they ran.
Her Mom did not.
Joseph was 5. He remembers the refugee camp most of all, but he also remembers waking up in his mud hut to the sounds of distant gunfire and the cries of his Mother as she ran into the bush with him on her back.
Refugee children like these arrive in the United States every year-seeking safety, peace and a new place to call home.
They come from very different places and cultures. They feel different than the other kids in their neighborhood and schools.
You can give them the tools they need to succeed AND help them fit in with their classmates.
The gift of one backpack for one refugee child can make all the difference in the world.
You can change the life of one refugee child, one backpack at a time.
I don't know about you, but these stories affect me
And perhaps you, too, are learning as I am that as a parent, I need to not only be affected emotionally, I need to be affected right into action. The best gift I can give to my children is a legacy of love in action through compassion.
So, I am marking my calendar, starting the beginning of August, to start hitting up Target and Wal-Mart for their back-to-school sales. My goal is to put together 10 backpacks to take down to CA at the end of September, where a local drop off center is. World Relief's web site gives you step-by-step instructions as to how to go about preparing a pack. Make sure you follow the instructions, as packs that do not follow the guidelines will not be sent. Click here for the information you need: http://worldrelief.org/Page.aspx?pid=2524
And if you live here in Bend, join me and I will drop off yours as well. Or better yet - let's BECOME a drop off center ourselves. More to come on that...
And if you do not have the time to put together these packs, or you do not have access to a drop off center, you can still be involved! Click on this link to donate: https://worldrelief.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=2522
Lastly, here is one story I am sure you are not likely to forget.
Enjoy your summer!