Friday, October 17, 2014

'Tis the Season

...what!? Already? Afraid so, folks...

Although it's not quite time to start decorating, it is time to start shopping. If you've been following New Day for a while now, you'll remember that every year around this time we launch our Christmas Sponsorship program.

Hudson's first Christmas. Awwww....

Here's the the short and sweet of it all:

What? Sponsoring Christmas presents for the children at New Day Beijing, New Day North and New Day South (maybe, we'll keep you updated).

How? Go to THIS PAGE and click "To Sponsor" or e-mail Hannah ( let me know who you'd like to sponsor! Shop for your sponsored child by buying age appropriate clothing and toy items. Ship the package (either medium flat rate or shoebox size) through USPS to the address listed by November 16th. If you are not in the USA, that's great, we have successfully received packages from all over Europe, it just might take a little extra time, so make sure to ship the package out early.

What? Anything! Clothes, toys, shoes, socks, rattles, treats (NO stuffed animals, please!)... check the blog for more information about each child's personality. Also, this year we have a Wish List! The items on this list are examples of things that will be used at the foster home. For example: sleepers, warm pants and jackets, finger crayons, shoes, Baby Einstein musical toys, etc. We will add to the list as needs arise, so please check back to it as you prepare to shop.

Note: Each child will be allowed three sponsors. When they are fully sponsored, "Fully Sponsored" will be marked beneath their name.

1) Right now our Christmas sponsorship program is open to MONTHLY SPONSORS ONLY.

I know, I know, some of your aren't monthly sponsors right now and yet you really want to send a Christmas package and you're afraid that the children will be fully sponsored before you get a chance. I'm sorry. This is how we are doing it this year. We will open sponsorship up to all on the 22nd.

If you are not currently a monthly sponsor but are interested in becoming one, head on over to this page.  Currently Ava, Charlotte, Zoe, Robert, Evelyn, Lulu, Ruby, Leon, Luke and Kristiana need sponsors. If you sign up to sponsor today you are welcome to e-mail me and let me know that you did so and I will be happy to sign you up to send a Christmas package.

2) Each child will still be limited to 3 sponsors each, regardless of whether you sponsor them monthly or not.

3) This year at New Day South we're doing things a bit differently. To sponsor a child, go HERE and make a one-time donation (suggested amount is $50, less than the cost of shipping a package to China, and enough to make a difference). Make a note "Christmas sponsorship / name of child" in the memo. The staff at New Day South will then order gifts for the children (fun things like toys and clothes, and practical things like diapers and formula) online from Chinese sources. Your one-time donation will cover this. (disclaimer: we cannot, due to practicality and the time commitment of our staff, keep exact records of what each donation goes to cover. Our priority is to ensure that the children are well-cared for and loved). As a "Thank You!" to the sponsors, we will take pictures of the little ones and their gifts, and send them to you.

However, to ensure that New Day South has the correct email address in order to send those pictures to you, please email to let them know whom you're donating for! 

4) New Day North will be celebrating Christmas a bit later this year, because of scheduling conflicts. If you sponsor a NDN child you will receive pictures in mid-to-late January. But please still mail the packages before the deadline.

5) Shipping a medium flat rate box via USPS (the most affordable and trustworthy option) costs about $60, This is the cheapest way to get something from the US to China. If you are sponsoring more than one child it will be more affordable to use a larger box than to ship two packages, and you are welcome to do this.

6) If you would rather not spend the $$ on shipping and shopping, and yet still want to bless the children this Christmas, consider making a one-time donation to our Acute Care Fund.

Is it starting to feel like Christmas yet?

Head on over here to start sponsoring...

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