Church Kids’ Holiday Wish: Help Tsunami-Hit Children
Children from a church in West University Place earlier this month delighted over packing goodies in boxes and wrapping them with festive paper. But the gifts weren’t for themselves or loved ones — They’ll go to children in need in American Samoa, who were hit by a tsunami in September.
Each child from West University Church of Christ took the responsibility of filling one shoebox with basic necessities like toothbrushes, toiletries, school supplies and clothing. Each of the 50 boxes they packed will help a child in need.
“Because the kids had lost everything we filled it up with things they would need and enjoy,” said Children’s Minister Christy McDonald. She will take the gifts and mail them off today, hoping they reach American Samoa by just after New Year’s.
West U. Church of Christ supports a missionary based in the country who will receive the boxes and pass them out to children. This is the second year the church has participated in the program.
The shoebox project is just one of two service projects that the church’s children took on this holiday season. In another project, children donated coins each Sunday for six months, amassing $300. They chose to spend the money to purchase necessities for Christians who are being persecuted in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Their donation will get to the persecuted Christians through a nonprofit organization named Voice of the Martyrs.
“They get very excited about this sort of thing,” McDonald said. “This is something that kids can get into, and especially if you encourage them.”
Another group at the church plans to help children closer to home, in the Medina Children’s Home. The church has collected gifts and monetary donations to support up to 25 people, including mothers and children.