This year the day also took on a whole new meaning as Sophie is old enough to truly participate. She assisted in passing out all 86 pairs of shoes and was excited to be a help. We were a bit nervous that she would want a gift as well when it was all finished, but we made the decision that we wouldn’t give her one…this was just a day for the kids at Hosana. We were so proud that when all the gifts were passed out she was just happily watching the excitement of shiny paper flying everywhere. We know that at 18 months old she does not truly understand everything that was going on, but we hope that these experiences are instilling a joy of giving within her, that even though she may not remember the day she passed out presents to 86 orphaned children that the desire to give and bless others will always be a part of her nature.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the members of Culbreth Memorial Church in Falcon, NC, for raising the funds to purchase the shoes for the children. As we often say, it is the generosity of others that makes our work possible and for that we are grateful.