We’ve been very blessed to be able to homeschool our children. Each year, we go and purchase the curriculum and school supplies, so we understand how much it costs to equip our kids each year. When we saw the school supplies gift, our kids’ eyes lit up.
Evie (age 8) asked, “Dad, school supplies only cost $8?”
I told her Food for the Hungry and ELIM Christian Services in Chicago, got together to figure out a way to give kids school supplies. ELIM is a place that supports children and adults living with disabilities—and they are hired to put together the Hope Packs.
Hope Packs, full of pens, paper, notebooks and rulers, actually keep kids in school. When parents can’t afford to pay for paper, kids are kicked out of school. And without an education, these kids don’t have much hope for overcoming their situation.
So my kids are really excited to send them supplies—the same paper, pens and crayons that they use during homeschooling. It’s a way to bridge the gap between two worlds. While there are many differences children living in poverty experience, versus my children, school supplies provide a common ground. At only $8 each, they asked if we could gift several packs of school supplies.
Evie and my other kids have come to see that children living in other countries are just as able to learn as them. They are thinking and dreaming of their future. They are the same as us and deserve to be cared for—just like us.
Looking for other education related gifts?
Education is an ideal way to invest in the lives of the most vulnerable. FH has several education gifts that can make an impact in a child’s life, including school fees, library books, and the “I can go to school! Combo.” Eliminate barriers and help children receive the education they desperately need.
8 Days of Giving
We’re celebrating 8 days of giving and will be giving a gift each day from the gift catalog. We’ll reveal our gift item each day on the Food for the Hungry blog and encourage you to join us. Our goal is for 800 gifts these 8 days. On each post, we’ll show a tree. This tree has 80 lights on it – for every ten items given, we’ll light a single light. We pray by the end of the 8 days, the tree will be completely lit.
On day one, we gave 2 guinea fowls. The bird looks like a mix between a turkey and a peacock and produces eggs for the family. They also multiply quickly and eat insects. The gift includes 2 guinea fowls so the family can help facilitate having cute little guinea fowls running around.
Just click on a link from one of the 8 Days of Giving blog posts to have your gift counted as part of the 800.