In previous years, we have run a Christmas sponsorship program where friends from around the world have sent gifts to the children and staff. The gifts were always eagerly unwrapped and so appreciated, but this year we have decided to do things a little differently...
It costs A LOT to mail packages to China from the US and other countries, and we thought it would be great if instead ALL of the money spent could be used to buy gifts. By visiting the right markets/stores/websites, good quality gifts can now be purchased here in Beijing for reasonable prices, and the shopping can be done by those who know just what the children (and staff) would enjoy.
Here is the plan...
We would love for you, our friends and supporters from around the world, to 'chip in' to help make Christmas special here at New Day Foster Home.
You still get to pick which child and/or member of staff that you would like to help buy gifts for, and we promise to post LOTS of pictures of the gifts being opened and enjoyed.
So, how does it work?
If you would like to get involved, take a look at this page to choose who you would like to bless this Christmas. Then, click on the 'donate' link to go to our one-time donations page. If you use PayPal, you can make the donation via the 'General Donation' button, and add a message to say that it is for a Christmas gift. There is also an option to donate via Network for Good or by check.
To sponsor children and staff at New Day South, please use the links on this page.
IMPORTANT next step...please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who you have sponsored. That way we can keep the page updated and other people will know who still needs sponsors.
How much can I give?!
$25 for each child, and $15 for each member of staff, would be perfect! We will update this page so that you will know who is already fully sponsored.
Can I give on behalf of a friend/relation/neighbor/child's teacher?
Yes! If you request it, we can email you a picture of the child that you chose to sponsor with a special greeting message, which you can then print out and give as a gift. Please request this when you send your email (saying who you have chosen to sponsor - see above). Wouldn't this make a perfect gift for the man/woman who already has everything?
What about New Day South and New Day North?
All of the children and Chinese staff at New Day South are included on the list LINK. New Day North have already published this post about their exciting Christmas plans.
Please, pretty-please, can I still send a package?
We do understand that many have enjoyed picking out, wrapping and mailing gifts in previous years. This year, however, we won't be able to try out the 'new plan' as well as keeping track of packages coming in, and it wouldn't be fair if some kids got extra gifts and others didn't. Also, every year a percentage of gifts arrive late or do not arrive at all.
Thank you for your understanding, and in advance for all the generous donations that are going to make Christmas 2015 a celebration to remember!
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