Christmas Celebrations for 3,200 Kids

Celebrations

World’s Children provided Christmas celebrations for 3,200 children last December. All of the children live in orphanages in India, Ethiopia and Guatemala. Each year World’s Children collects funds for Christmas throughout the year and then wires 100% of the Christmas money it has collected to each of 29 orphanages, with a combined 3,200 kids.

Christmas for 3,200 kids
Still in her nativity play dress, this girl at St. Elizabeth’s Children’s Home is delighted to receive her Christmas present.

Every child gets one gift, typically a new article of clothing, and a Christmas feast is cooked. Christmas dinner in the India orphanages doesn’t include turkey or ham, as it would in the U.S., but is comprised of rice and a special curry sauce.

Girls at Karunya Care show their new sandals and wrapped gift.
Girls at Karunya Care show their new sandals and wrapped gift.
Children dance during their Christmas celebration at Bethel Orphanage
Children dance during their Christmas celebration at Bethel Orphanage.
Boys at Bethel Orphanage show off the backpacks they received for Christmas.
Boys at Bethel Orphanage show off the backpacks they received for Christmas.
Children at Bethel Orphanage enjoy their Christmas dinner.
Children at Bethel Orphanage enjoy their Christmas dinner.

 

Wonderful Cards

This year several donors did something for the children that had never been done before. One man in California had 700 greeting cards made with a picture of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the front. He hand-wrote a personal message on each card as though from Santa. All the children in five orphanages received a card on Christmas morning.

“Happy New Year from all of us from Sneha Sadan Orphanage! Wonderful…wonderful..wonderful… We all received the greeting cards and we do not know how to thank you for your love for us. You have spent a lot of time writing to each of us separately beautiful cards and explanation. Though you are across the miles how interested you are in us and though you not seen us you had that love for us to send us this greetings. We send our flying kisses and lot of loving greetings.
Your loving Children at Sneha Sadan”

Girls sleeping with their postcards
Children sleeping with their postcards

And visitors to the scenic town of Sisters, where World’s Children is located, probably had trouble finding postcards lately. That was because three local women offered to send postcards with personal messages to children in another five orphanages. The 260 postcards depict scenes from Central Oregon, including downtown Sisters and the nearby Three Sisters mountains. One orphanage administrator wrote that the postcards the girls received are so special to them that they kept the cards under their pillows at night.