Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 57

and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victimS of war, poverty, natural Son, Jesus Christ. (www.samaritanspurse. com) Through Operation Christmas Child, shoeboxes are filled with various toys, school and hygiene items, and accessories such as t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, etc. These boxes are then distributed to children overseas. You can also include a personal note and picture of you and your family. This ministry is a wonderful way to help children get involved with the spirit of giving. 2.GIVE THROUGH CHRISTIAN AID MINISTRIES. Christian Aid Ministries has several options for ways to give back. Go to www.christianaidministries.org and click on “Projects You Can Do”. Some options include hygiene kits, school and teacher kits, and layette bundles. These get distributed to Haiti, Romania, Nicaragua, Liberia, and many other countries. Putting these kits together is another way to involve families and children. 3. BLESS MISSIONARY FRIENDS. Most of us know families or singles who are serving the Lord somewhere. Many times they are not able to be home for the holidays. Send a card or a box of goodies. Think of items that may not be readily available in their particular country and consider putting those in a box. Even something small will mean a lot! (NOTE: Do not send money or expensive items such as cameras, ipods, etc.) 4. SEEK OUT LOCAL MINISTRIES. There are so many things that you can do locally. Consider volunteering at the local pregnancy support center or soup kitchen. Sometimes these ministries have special activities going on during the holiday season and often they could use extra help. Check out the community nursing home. Many times there are elderly people who don’t have family coming to visit regularly. Adopt an extra grandma or grandpa. Find ways to bring some holiday cheer to their lives. 5. PROMOTE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP. Work together with your church and put together a community Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner complete with all the fixins’. Go out into the highways and byways to invite people to come. Perhaps it could even become an annual tradition. -57-