Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Day 25: Let Your Leftover Halloween Candy Speak Hope

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The sugar has been free-flowing over here. Candy has been traded and consumed. Wrappers have been located around the house and a piece of Laffy Taffy was discovered in a child’s bed: all evidence of secret sugarings.

It’s time to stop the madness.

We’ve sponsored a child through Compassion International for several years now. Our pen pal is a little boy who lives in a Hmong village in northern Thailand. In 2012, we traveled outside Chiang Mai to meet him.

The village had generator-run electricity. The primary food  of the family we visited was rice, supplemented with locally grown vegetables. The majority of the villagers are strawberry farmers with limited formal educations.

Compassion sent us a list of suggested items to give. The list included included school supplies, a winter coat and hygiene items like shampoo.

You wouldn’t think that pencils and erasers would be particularly well received – but they were. They were heralded by the adults and kids alike.

But you don’t have to be sponsoring a child to lend support in the form of needed school supplies and hope.

Each year Samaritan’s Purse has Operation Christmas Child where you fill a shoebox with practical and fun items for needy children the world over.

What does this have to do with Halloween candy?

Non-chocolate candy, can be packed into the shoe box (along with numerous other items like school supplies, toothbrushes, hair accessories, soap and toys). You can’t designate where your shoebox will go, but you can track it online to determine its destination.

Last year, the recipients of the shoeboxes included Iraqi children displaced by ISIS. If I can give back even a tiny, tiny fraction of the hope ISIS took with my leftover Halloween candy and a few other small toys and supplies, then count me in.

I hope you’ll do the same.

**As Christmas approaches, I’m going to have many other suggestions – both big and small - for living loud through giving.I hope you’ll join me.**

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