My sister asked me to give a brief introduction of who we are and what we are doing.
We have lived in Poland since 1994 (http://www.solidrockpl.org
) and I am Rachael's twin sister. (Our own website will tell you a lot about us and http://www.family.solidrockpl.org
will tell you LOTS about me and my interests.)
We started a nonprofit charitable organization in 2002. Our area in Poland seems to have many children's homes and similar type boarding schools. Usually they are for children from dysfunctional families but sometimes there are actual orphans involved. We live in a very "healthful environment" (lots of woods) and thus, we have been told, there liked to put these types of homes here.
The first year we started small with a "Christmas party" for 1 children's home. We wrote our supporters and they sponsored all the children in less than a day. We provided a gift to fit the child and a bag of candy.
This one says it all!
Since 2002, we have expanded the effort to all the area children's homes.
In 2005 we were able to talk with various schools in the area and invite needy children (who don't live in a children's home) to receive a gift. We have a short Christmas program, reminding the children and adults what Christmas is all about (the birth of Jesus). Then, we give the gifts. Last year we were also able to give presents to the moms and dads who came with their children. (I figured if the children were needy, then the moms or dads were as well and would appreciate a present. Don't adults like presents too?) We were also able to have a couple of fun things like drawings for patchwork quilts, etc.
The money doesn't really come from us. It comes from people like you, who want to sponsor a gift. We need $15 this year for each gift and $5 for the candy bags. Rachael (TCC site owner) pays all the paypal fees, so 100% of what you give goes to the present itself. I do my best to find the best deals. Last year were able to give away over 450 gifts. I think that TCC sponsored about 50 or 60 of those, so we were very grateful!
Thanks for however you can help. Many are poor in the U.S., but the "poor" in the U.S. look quite rich compared to the "poor" here in Poland. Welcome to the "2008 Polish Orphan's Christmas project"!
Pictures....everyone loves them...
Packing and wrapping:
My daughter and a neighbor girl are wrapping
JoAn Barnett helping by wrapping. She visited us at Christmas time last year and had to wrap and wrap!
Am I cute or what?
What is it?
I like it!
Hmmm...I'm TRYING to be patient!
A girl from that "tough to buy for age" (10-12ish)
"What'd you get?"
Boys waiting to open their presents...
The headless helper helps the boys check out their presents.
Checking out the candy bags...
Mike helping the boy open the package.
It's not always easy to get pictures of teenagers. These teenagers at this children's home really look out for each other. This home has a lot of handicapped children. We enjoy going to this one very, very much!
"What's in this box?"
"Look what I got!"
This one has the most children (approximately 130 kids)
Wish you were here to enjoy it with us!
Thanks so much for your help. If you want to buy a gift, just look at on the first page of coupons and order a gift bag and or a candy bag. Thanks SO much for your help!