Dec 17 2012

5 gift ideas for the children in your life

Kristin Littrell and family

Kristin Littrell and family

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent

If you’re like me, you may still be looking for a few gift ideas for family and friends. As a mom who works to integrate diverse items into our family’s toy chest, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite gifts with you.

These gifts are perfect for the preschool to elementary school-age child, who will have fun while learning more about the world.

Our hope is that those experiences at an early age grow into compassion later in life for people all around the world.

1. Memory game: I never forget a face

Memory game: I never forget a face
For preschool children working on memory and matching skills, this memory game, “I Never Forget a Face,” is perfect. The children featured represent diverse ethnicities and cultures, introducing appreciation of diversity in a beautiful way. Read more

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Jul 19 2012

‘Why I believe in sponsorship’

Enjoy this beautiful guest blog post from Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent!

This morning I loaded my two young girls in the car and headed off to the local library to meet a friend for toddler story time.

We gather there often, on snowy winter days and blazing hot summer days alike, watching our kids learn while we sneak in bits of girl talk here and there.

Kristin Littrell and family

Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent, and her family.

Today we tumbled in, carrying babies and heavy diaper bags, chasing kids bound for the life-size painted cow on our way into the kids room.

This is life as a mom, right? Crazy, chaotic and fun, of course.

We got the kids settled on the beige carpet tiles just as the librarian started reading the first story, a silly tale of counting zoo animals.

Bright sun poured into the room through the floor-to-ceiling windows, this building a modern standout in the midst of a flourishing area of our city.

As my friend wrangled her 1-year-old, and I shushed my talkative 3-year-old, she leaned over to me, flashed a big smile, and said, “It’s Nirhva, my sponsored girl’s, birthday today.”

Here, in the middle of a busy day as a mom, my friend was thinking of her sponsored child, a world away in Haiti.

I smiled deeply, fully, and glanced out the windows overlooking the most beautiful shopping district our city boasts. I couldn’t help but think how different my friend’s life is from Nirhva’s, whom she had just mentioned. Read more

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