Larry and I played Santa today! Our church is collecting backpacks for the Christmas Backpacks for Appalachia project and we picked up a couple of backpacks last Sunday after the morning worship service. We decided on a backpack for a girl and a boy, in the 5-9 year old age group.
Today we went shopping! We got socks, wash cloths, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, notebook paper, pencils, crayons, cans of Spaghetti-O's, cookies, lollipops, two of the sweetest little books about Jesus (the illustrations are adorable!), a small Bible and each child got four toys each. We got the little boy a yo-yo, a Slinky, two Hot Wheel trucks and a Spider-Man doll. The little girl is getting sidewalk chalk, a jump rope, a Go Fish card game and a Minnie Mouse doll.
We had SO much fun picking out this stuff!
Here are the backpacks all packed.
We want to include some warm gloves and hats but since it's August and still hot as blue blazes outside, nobody in this town even has 'em out yet. We're not going to give up, though! We have a week before we have to turn them in, since we'll be out of town the Sunday morning they'll be officially collected.
This is such a wonderful thing to be a part of. I watched the video on the Mission Georgia web site and I'm so happy we decided to do this. I try every year to help make at least one child's Christmas a little brighter. I had the most magical of Christmases growing up and I just can't stand the thought of a child going without on Christmas morning, although I know millions of children do.
At least these two won't.