Just want to throw this out there with the holidays coming up...
This is one of the BEST organizations for sponsoring a child and I've been sponsoring a little boy named Edgar in the Phillippines for the past year and a half. We write letters, I get photos and drawings and nice letters from his mom. She lets me know how they're doing as Edgar is only 8. When we give the family a gift, I get pictures of all of them and his mom Maricar sends detailed lists of what she's able to buy. All of the money you sponsor goes directly to your child and their family. So if you send $100..they will be able to buy necessities, rice, various foods, etc. Maricar is always buying them toothpaste, soap, rice and then they get some chocolate. Those letters are some of the best moments I have. It's probably kind of selfish, because you, the giver ends up feeling like you get something out of it.
I was moved to do this through Shannan at Flower Patch Farmgirl (thanks Girl!) http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/ and I must say, it has been life altering. Once Brad gets better, we plan to sponsor more kids and we'd like to eventually be able to visit Edgar and his family.
Anyway..just an idea for Christmas. If you don't want to sponsor now, you can always send $20 so all of the kids in the program, sponsored or not, receive a Christmas gift.
Holla With Love!