Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sudanese Christmas Program

This post is so I can send a link when there are questions about the Christmas program for the Lost Boys.  Sometimes people ask about the types of gifts to give to the Sudanese children, and this way, you can see one example.  There are many ways to do it, this is just one concrete example.  I know some people find that more useful.

We have a 3-year-old boy as one of ours, so we went to TJ Maxx to get the "large" items.  A large stuffed frog ($7), a Spiderman toy vehicle ($15), and a Melissa and Doug musical instrument set ($15).   

Our focus was on the largest size gifts for the amount of money budgeted.  There were quite a few smaller items that were also 7ish dollars, like some matchbox car sets, but I wanted something that looked larger.  Many times, these families can swing the small items... but not much money for bigger toys. 

For this child, we also included a down gray winter vest, bought for $9 at TJ Maxx, because it's his first winter in America.  Also, a package of 6 white socks in his size (clearance at TJM).  Not much fun for Christmas, but lightens the expenses for the parents a bit.  I don't wrap them, because that just seems mean ;)...but I deliver them at the same time.  Underwear is another good one, because even if they get hand-me-down clothes, new underwear is appreciated.

The kids and I went to the Dollar Tree for the stocking items, and even bought the oversized stocking for $1.  Stocking stuffers were a mix of fun things and useful items. 

The Lost Boys' motto is "Education is our mother and father" with gifts for them, I try to include teaching things, like alphabet items.

All these items listed were $1:
  • Spiderman toothbrush
  • Children's flossers
  • Toothpaste
  • Cookies with alphabet stamped on them
  • Animal crackers
  • Juice boxes
  • Sippy cup that he can decorate himself
  • Coloring book with Elmo (teaches letters)
  • Coloring crayons
  • Markers
  • Winter hat
  • Italian ices (not frozen, of course, but they can stick in the freezer)
  • Snoopy tissues
  • Dinosaur puzzle
  • 3 bottles of bubbles (set for $1)
  • Magnifying glass (plastic)
  • Superhero Squad coloring book
  • Santa hat
  • Hershey bar
Including the large stocking, this achieved my $20 budget for the stocking. 

Regarding wrapping:  I tend to pre-wrap the items (other than stocking), but include a note about what's in them for the parents.  That way, they don't have to get wrapping supplies or figure out HOW to wrap...especially the ones who've just arrived, and might be unfamiliar with the wrapping custom.

Hopefully that helps?  

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