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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hello Kitty Goes to Kenya-Teaching Children Compassion

Some of the goodies we are sending Christabel in Kenya,
whom we are sponsoring through Compassion International.
My little guy came home from vacation Bible school with money he did not have when he left home. I asked where it came from. S(6): "Uh, I found it.... I mean the teachers gave it to me." Me: "And why did they give you money?" S: "I did some chores for the church and they gave me money." I'm thinking we owe the offering plate.

So I sat him down and told him that the offering was for the needy. "Remember those poor people we pray for every night? Remember Christabel, our sponsor child in Kenya whose country is suffering a famine right now?" (To read my earlier post about sponsoring Christabel through Compassion International, click HERE.)

When he found out we couldn't mail her a gallon of water and a cheeseburger, he began digging through his massive collection of silly bands to choose some to send to her. He settled on the duck, the elephant and the ostrich (at least I think it's an ostrich) pictured  above.

There are many things you can send to your sponsor child. Most "flat" things that can be classified as "documents" are okay. So we are sending coloring sheets -- every girl near and far needs a little Hello Kitty and Curious George doesn't hurt, either -- stickers, Strawberry Shortcake bandaids, a photo and the silly bands.

My daughter wrote her own letter and included "activities" she made up, including a maze and a dot-to-dot of a cat, that she went ahead and connected for Christabel herself.

For more ideas of what to write and what to send, visit Blogging from the Boonies, Michelle's great blog about her Compassion International kids (she should know, she sponsors 10!).

In what ways do you teach your children compassion?


  1. I would not know about this if it wasn't for your awesome blog. What a great thing that my girls can do for other kids. Thanks for the info.!

  2. Aww! Thanks! Comments like yours make it worth all the effort!