It’s Show & Tell Tuesday!
Today, we’re all linking up with Andrea and sharing service and mission ideas with you.
I’m really excited about this post because I need ideas! I can’t wait to read through everyone’s posts and get ideas for my family.
As for my family, here are a few things we’ve done and do as service projects.
Just this last weekend, we went to the store and bought our items to fill our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is something Andrew and I have been doing since the first year we’ve been married and continue to do each year. This year, we filled boxes for one little boy and two little girls. After my kids selected the items, we came home and filled the boxes and then prayed over the kids who would receive them. Last fall, when Erika and I went to Dot Mom, one of the speakers was a young woman from Eastern Europe who had received a box when she was a little girl and her testimony about how much that box meant to her was just so moving. At the end, she held up this little toy that she still had after all of these years that came from her box. I mean…I was in tears. To find out more about Operation Christmas Child, click here.
From time to time, our Sunday school class takes all of our kiddos to a local retirement home to sing for the residents. The residents LOVE it and so do our kids! Last October, we took the kids in their Halloween costumes (my kids are Mulan and the Ninja Turtle) and sang songs plus handed out pictures that the kids had all colored for them that afternoon.
Andrew and I have been sponsoring a child through Compassion International since May of 2005. Our little boy’s name is Midadi and when we started sponsoring him, he was one and now, he’s 11! My favorite part about Compassion International is that you and your child get to write letters back and forth. At first, Midadi would just send us pictures and someone else would write the letter but now, he writes us the sweetest letters and gives us the most detailed drawings at least once a month. I have watched this boy grow up and it just fills my heart so much. Compassion International is AMAZING! The work they do for children is unbelievable. To learn more about this organization, click here.
Mission Regan is one of our favorite charities founded by two of our dear friends.
Mission Regan distributes medical supplies both locally, nationally and internationally. Just the other weekend, we sorted medical supplies in their warehouse as a church. It was great to see all of our kids excited about helping.
Every year, our church puts out an Angel Tree with the names and info of kids in our area. We love taking our kids shopping for these precious kiddos.
Every December, I host a Recipe Exchange Party and on the invites, I ask my guests to bring canned food for our local food pantry. I make it a contest and the person who brings the most cans gets a prize. This is not only super fun (because, we like to win!), but it’s a great way to make a donation. The day after the party, my kids help me drop off all of the canned food at our food pantry and it always sparks great conversation.
So, these are a few of the things we do around here…like I said, I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s ideas and suggestions are!
Next time on Show & Tell Tuesdays, we’re sharing our Christmas decorations!!
I am SO PUMPED for this one! I love peeking inside your homes at Christmas time!
And to see posts from the past…
(I was in China for the first two, so I wasn’t able to participate.)
And on my foodie blog today, I’m sharing a Thanksgiving leftover idea…