This Christmas, our family is hosting Inessa, an 11 year old girl from Latvia through New Horizons for Children, an orphan hosting ministry! Inessa will spend four weeks with our family from mid-December through mid-January, and we are excited to show her God's love and the love of a family while she is with us!
Most of the children who participate in the hosting program come to their host families with the clothes on their backs - literally. As a part of the program, each family prepares and packs a 26-28" suitcase with clothes, small gifts, shoes, and basic daily toiletries to send back with each child. I will never forget the moment this summer when Sintija realized that all the clothes, shoes, puzzles, hair accessories, and gifts were HERS to take back to Latvia with her. She spent a half hour circling her room here, holding up each packed item one at a time, and asking incredulously, "Me? Latvia? Yes?" Sending her home with that suitcase blessed her in ways I still don't fully understand.
This Christmas we are seeking a few "Secret Suitcase Angels" to help us bless Inessa with a suitcase of clothes, shoes, small gifts, and necessities to take back to Latvia with her! We are required to send 2-3 winter outfits, 2-3 summer outfits, underwear, socks, shoes, a bathing suit, winter coat, hat, scarf, and gloves, a photo album, journal, and gifts for her caregivers. We have been blessed to received some of these items already through donations, and once we know Inessa's size when she arrives we will finish our shopping.
We are looking for 10 people to be Inessa's Secret Suitcase Angels by donating just $10 each. With the donations we have already received, we believe $100 can finish filling Inessa's suitcase!
You can donate securely online by visiting: http://www.active.com/donate/2009Christmas/KimmelsHostInessa
$10 may not seem like much, but it can become a huge blessing for a beautiful 11 year old girl!