Ten year old Paige was in this same situation after she visited Haiti in April of 2014. Being touched by the startling poverty and the beautiful souls she met there, Paige decided to do something. She wanted to bless the several hundred school children attending the schools Hope in Haiti sponsors, and came up with an idea. “I felt called to do something for the kids in Haiti, so I decided on making Christmas bags,” said Paige, inspired by the gift-giving of her own birthday. She was able to organize an effort to raise gifts from people for Haitian children so that God’s love could be set in motion. She assembled Christmas bags with gender and age in mind, and including toys, candy, socks, underwear, granola bars and more. She set her sights high, but the results were higher: “I was hoping that we would reach at least 400 bags. But I am proud to announce we have reached 700 bags! This should reach students at the two schools, one in Nan Wo, and the other [Kawo], located in the mountains.” Indeed, the ever-growing combined student count is now near 700 children. Wow, what an incredible result!
How many times have you seen a devastating need and thought “Wow, I wish I could do something,” but then walked away taking no action? It’s easy to give ourselves a pass when we don’t have money or special skills that may be needed. But if God gave you the passion, would you respond anyway?
It took initiative, bravery, hard work, organization, and God’s help through other people for Paige’s project to be a success, and that’s exactly what she was able to find in her efforts. Paige will be making a difference in bringing smiles and recognition of God’s love to children in Haiti this year because she was willing to do what it takes to be part of God’s work in Haiti. ” Thank you, everybody that has helped make this task come true! It seems that not only the kids in Haiti are being blessed, but also people here in the USA. I have heard many stories where people have supported this adventure and seen little miracles along the way. God truly cares about the Haitian children. He has met each need along the way to make my goal possible. Mesi (thank you)!”
Paige is not done yet. She is currently saving her money to go back a second time to serve with Hope in Haiti and continue giving of herself. If Paige’s story inspires you, why not answer the call? If you need ideas or want more details, please contact us.