Last year our Christmas in Acholiland was a huge success!! We hope that 2014 is exactly the same. Please share this link with everyone you know!
I tuned my radio to my favorite station today and they are playing Christmas music from now until the holiday is over. It is the time of year when holiday music rings through car stereos and shopping experiences are full of jingle bells, decorations and lights bringing a warm atmosphere and new life to homes across America as families gather together. We go on a mission for that perfect gift for our loved ones, and then overdo it just because we can. This is the season of Love, resounding Joy and the season of family.
Christmas in particular has become virtually synonymous with materialism. This year, the National Retail Federation is projecting that Americans will spend more than 600 billion dollars just on Christmas. Most of that money will be spent on Christmas gifts. According to a Gallup survey that was just released, the average U.S. adult plans to spend 781 dollars on Christmas gifts this year, which is significantly up from last year. On Average each American family that traveled during the holidays in 2013 spent $2500.00. Nearly nine in 10 U.S. adults say they will spend some amount of money this year on Christmas gifts. Underscoring the importance Americans place on holiday gift giving, 30% — identical to last year — plan to spend at least $1,000, and half plan to spend at least $500. Only 3% intend to spend less than $10
Over the course of the entire year, Americans spend 6.96 billion hours on figuring out gifts for “hard to shop for” people according to Giftovus. The total annual cost of “bad” gifts is $49 billion dollars in wasted spending according to Giftovus. What if the money spent on these unwanted and useless gifts that are re-gifted or thrown out could be used for children in need?
As we watch our children open their gifts on Christmas, please remember the 147 million orphans worldwide who won’t receive a gift from a parent, or anyone. Some of them may even be starving and hungry!
What about the orphans? The children with no family, in war affected areas, children orphaned and affected by AIDS, children who have no idea about Christmas? What about our Strong Heart Children in Uganda?
You can make Christmas possible for these children!
These are children who suffer daily just through their daily life. As we celebrate this season with our families we must remember those who cannot and will not be celebrating. But we have an opportunity to change that for a few children in Northern Uganda, and you can help!!! This holiday season remember our Acholi children who live in survival mode each day.
Some of these children for the first time ever, will receive the love of God through new shoes, new mattresses and a family Christmas feast!!!
Would you consider giving if your gift didn’t include something that goes under a tree? What if your gift allowed children to rest above the ground cleanly and safely as they sleep on a new mattress replacing filthy rags over mattresses soaked with urine, mud and years of wear? What if your gift allowed children to walk for miles without their feet touching soil. New shoes would bring new life to these precious souls. What if your gift would allow the children to eat until full without worry that there will never be any more??
Only you can help us make this happen for our children! You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate. Simply select Pay by Credit Card Option after clicking the button. We are caring for 80 children this year! Please help!
Here is what we need to make this happen:
Donate a Bull or a Part of the Bull to the Children: $250 for the bull (yes a bull) for the celebratory feast They will also dry the left over meat for future meals!
Donate a Live Goat that the children can enjoy throughout the year, meat and milk!
Donate a Live Chicken that the children can enjoy throughout the year, meat and eggs and chicks!
$25 each sleeping mattress per child and caretaker (They need about 40)
$30 for each child to have shoes, clothing and pay for their meals for the next month (there are 60)
$50 for each caregiver that has worked without any pay whatsoever for every single day. This will give them encouragement and allow them to buy necessary items they need for their own lives. (there are 8 of these) Please ask yourself how can we bless the adults that care for the children selflessly without pay?
School Fees and School Uniform, In Uganda education is not free.
Donate Any Amount to Christmas in Acholiland!!
We need to buy the following so any amount of donation can go towards that!:
- Bales of used clothing $300.00
- Entertainment (we hire a stereo system that will cost us $250.00
- Other Food: 1 sack of rice $150.00, cooking oil $45.00, sodas $150.00, potatoes $50.00
- Celebration cakes $25.00 (we need two)
- Sodas and Sweets for the children ($100.00)
Pay By Check
Make payable to “Little Miracles International” on the “for” identification line of the check, please write the project name “Christmas in Acholiland” and send to:
Christmas in Acholiland
Little Miracles International
PO BOX 19776
Amarillo, Texas 79114
What in that great list of gifts of American spending each year above, can you give up to give a needy at risk child this season? The children deserve what we can afford, and we must show them the love of God on this holiday season. We will send the money on December 18th, but any amount we receive after that would be a big blessing!!
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Women of Amarillo would like to personally invite you to “SWEET DREAMS” Amarillo women making dreams come true for orphans in Uganda! This event is to benefit a wonderful Children’s Home in Uganda. The event will be held in Amarillo, Texas, November 20, 2014. Location located in flyer below.
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Well we are way overdue for our post HOA trip talk. I am slowly working on getting the pictures where I can send them to you via email. If you like I can send hard copies. Steve thinks you probably have a preference for email photos so that you can use them on your website. Just ask my family; sending photos is not our best thing.
Of course there is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t think about my trip to Romania. It’s hard to be so far away that even sending something as simple as a magazine is a production. In particular, I miss Fl orin Micu and his little sister Laura. My eyes fill up with tears every time I think about them. In case you hadn’t guessed by now, I completely fell in love with them. I hear this is a common hazard to visiting the HOA. All of the children there are so precious (even little Petru t, who bit me twice), but sometimes there is just a special connection you make with a child – I’m sure you know what I mean. I have not quite figured out what to do with these unsatisfied maternal feelings. I know it’s an odd thing to say coming from someone with four children, but I do feel like I have had to leave someone I love behind.
I really enjoy getting the newsletters. Now that I know the children and the staff from visiting, I am eager for every bit of news I can get. Simona (and so many others, such as you) obviously maintains her energy and persistence to provide for these children. I sent her an email and told her that she could let me know at any time if there is a specific unfilled need that I can help with. I don’t know if I was really any help when I went to HOA. In fact, sometimes I think I even got in the way. What really matters though is that I got to hold so many beautiful children. I sang to them and told them how special they are. In return, they gave me that childlike unconditional love that always astonishes me. The older ones became very possessive of me and would fight each other to get to me first when I came in the room. I could never have imagined that being so popular would make me feel so sad.
It was fun to shop for the children – I bought a cart full of groceries, a bag full of socks and tons of Romanian children’s books. What a joy to be able to share these basic things with them. However, when I left the HOA (in tears of course) all that shopping seemed so inconsequential. What I really wanted them all to have is a Mommy and a Daddy. Hopefully, the Romanian government can create that opportunity for abandoned and neglected children in the future. For now, I thank God everyday for those who work so tirelessly for and give so generously to this program. If I can’t bring Florin and Laura home with me, then my prayer is that this program continues to be strong and well supported so that all these little angels can continue to thrive in a loving and nurturing environment.
My only regrets from the trip were that I didn’t get to do any sightseeing in the mountains (which I hear are breathtaking) and that I couldn’t fit two children in my carry on luggage. I guess I’ll just have to go back someday with more time and bigger bags. Thanks again for letting me visit your House of Angels.