A group of sponsored youths in Guatemala make Christmas cards to send to their sponsors.
At this time of year sponsors often ask us, “Do you have any suggestions for what I can give my sponsored friend for Christmas?” As a matter of fact, we do, and all it will cost you is a wee bit of your time. OK, that and an international postage stamp.
Write your sponsored friend a letter.
Irma, an Unbound social worker, and the “secret friend” gift box for Valentine’s Day in Guatemala.
Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as “the day of love and friendship.”
In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, some Unbound staffers organize giving activities to make the occasion extra special!
“On Feb. 1 we make little pieces of paper with our names on them,” said Irma Leticia Raquec Ros, an Unbound social worker. “Everyone gets to pick one. The person whose name appears on the little piece of paper will be your secret friend for the next couple of weeks.”
Every day after that, Irma said, staffers will bring small items such as cookies, chips and candy into the office and put them into the “secret friend” gift box (the bright red box pictured next to Irma).
“We have fun playing this game,” said Rocio Esmeralda Suguach, another Unbound social worker. “At break time we all come rushing to see what we got!”
On the big day, Feb. 14, the Unbound staffers will bring a larger gift such as a teddy bear, roses, clothing or special chocolates. Then the gift-givers reveal themselves to their no-longer-secret friends!
“Every day is a special day, but Valentine’s Day gives us the opportunity to say ‘I love you,’ ‘You are special’ and ‘Thank you’ to our friends, family and everyone that touches our lives,” Irma said.
Happy Valentine’s Day from this Unbound office in Guatemala!
By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor
For me, tiny and cute go hand in hand.
I always think things are more adorable when they are shrunk to teacup size.
Think about it: puppies, babies, kittens and baby elephants are just a mere fraction of all the tiny, cute things in the world.
Check out this cute Valentine’s Day card I made for my sponsored friend! Complete with tiny messages!
(Difficulty level: easy)
- Specialty paper
- White paper
- Glue stick
- Thick cardstock
- Colored pencils or markers
- Heart stickers (optional)
Have you had a chance to check out the CFCA Christmas catalog yet? It offers a great opportunity to share the true spirit of Christmas with a friend or family member.
You can choose from five funds that support the†needs of people living in poverty around the world: scholarship program assistance; HIV/AIDS funding; food crisis support; housing support; and Christmas celebrations and gifts for children and the aging.
So instead of standing in long shopping lines for sweaters and picture frames and toys, we invite you to make a cup of hot chocolate, relax in your most comfortable, cozy slippers and avoid the crowds while you make a donation in honor of someone you care about.
You can also take comfort in knowing that 100 percent of your contribution goes to CFCA projects to benefit those assisted by the fund you select.
†We hope you enjoy your CFCA Christmas†gift-giving experience.