Just wanted to share my experience with sponsoring a child with Christian Children's Fund. Four years ago, my wife and I decided to sponsor a child in her native Philippines, on the island of Cebu. Christine was 7 when we started, and she's 11 now. She's been sending us pictures and letters for 4 years, and we've seen her grow into a beautiful girl. Her family is dirt poor & literally has nothing. There's no welfare over there, and it's a fight for survival.
A few weeks ago, my wife lost her father, so we packed up our 2 kids (5 & 8) and headed to the Philippines for the funeral. After business was taken care of, my dream was to meet Christine. To make a long story short, we met her and her parents on the day before we left, along with the regional director of CCF. We took Christine clothes shopping and out to lunch, It was absolutely one of the most amazing and surreal experiences of my life. We were able to see that our small contribution does help feed, clothe and educate this girl, and I'll tell you, it's a great feeling.
After seeing homeless families living on the sidewalk outside of McDonalds, infants and small children sleeping on the street, and children begging for food, it's tough to get into the Christmas spirit, when our kids are so spoiled already. We had brought some toys for the neighborhood kids, filled up a large backpack with them, and played Santa, letting my kids pass them out to the poor kids. Hopefully my children carried something home with them from that.
I'm not trying to paint myself as a saint. And I'm not a Bible thumper. I just feel like with everything we have as Americans, that we can do more to help those in need. And we in HVAC make a pretty decent living. With all the toys we have, and expensive hobbies, maybe we can sacrifice a bit & do something special at Christmas this year for someone in need.
[Edited by hvacmd2002 on 12-14-2004 at 08:12 PM]