Monday, May 23, 2016

Five Reasons to Sponsor a Child

A few years ago at a Leeland concert, I decided to sponsor a child through Food For the Hungry. I knew as soon as I saw her picture that she was the child for me. Her name is Sahara, which happens to be my nickname, but sometimes she spells her name "Sara", which happens to be my name. Basically, we sort of have the same name. She was 11 at the time and her picture looked a little unhappy among the sea of smiling faces. In the updates I get about her progress, it's slightly implied that she's not a fan of school, but she loves to draw pictures and every time I get a letter from her it includes colorful pictures of flowers and houses. I feel like I was a lot like her when I was her age. All I wanted to do was draw and make things all day so I feel like I can relate. I get the feeling that Sahara is very creative and it seems like she would rather draw than study but I think that she'll do just fine in school with a little encouragement. 

When you sponsor a child, you agree to give about $35 a month, but you might be surprised that you end up not only giving but gaining as well. Here are my five reasons to sponsor a child:

1. It's a chance to help someone in need.

2. You get a fun pen pall! Which means that you get mail in your actual mailbox that isn't a bill or junk!

3. You have the chance to influence/mentor someone through encouraging letters.

4. You have the opportunity to learn a little about a different country/culture.

5.  Help keep your greed in check. No matter how much money you have, it's easy to get in the mind set that it's not enough. But chances are, you have more to give than you think.


Jordan said...

It's been really cool to see you keep in contact with Sahara for as long as you have. I'm sure you make her really happy!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing! I think you hit the nail on the head when you said it helps keep our greed in check. I feel myself slipping down that road all the time, unfortunately.