Monday, December 1, 2008

An Invitation-The Blessing Box

This is an invitation to participate in "The Blessing Box." It is so easy. My family is going to visit my parents in Tobago (an island in the Carribean) this February and we are taking things to donate to a 'Special Needs' School, and a School for the Deaf. They need clothing and school supplies. They also need cash to buy things like CD players and computer software.

If you want to participate in this service project, your family can collect money by doing a 'Blessing Box' for the month of December. We are so blessed, and this box may help your children see just how fortunate they are. Even if you don't want to send money to strangers in Tobago, it is still a great way to raise money for whatever is important to you! Enjoy!

The Blessing Box
Follow the daily instructions below. Have a box ready and determine where you will give the money that will be in your Blessing Box at the end of 24 days. This begins on December 1st and ends on the 24th.

Day 1. One out of 5 children live in poverty lacking adequate clothing. Give 2 cents for each pair of socks in the home.

Day 2. Are you thankful for the gift of electricity? Give 2 cents for each lightbulb in your house.

Day 3. Most people in the world have never touched a computer. If there is one in your home, put in 50 cents, an extra 50 cents for a scanner and 50 cents for the printer.

Day 4. Most of the world’s population lives beyond the reach of medical care. Give 10 cents for each box of band-aids in your house…an extra dime if they are not flesh colored.

Day 5. Are you thankful you have a roof and doors to keep out the wind and rain? Give 10 cents for each exterior door your house has.

Day 6. Are you thankful for all your clothes? Give a nickel for each closet in your house.

Day 7. Are you glad you have indoor plumbing? Give 5 cents for every roll of TP in your house, counting all the stored away rolls.

Day 8. To people in refugee camps, even a thin sliver of soap is precious. Give 5 cents for each bar your family has…A dime for each soap pump.

Day 9. Do you walk to town to get a bucket of water for washing, drinking, bathing or cooking? Or are you blessed with faucets that bring precious water to you? Give 10 cents for each faucet you have and don’t forget the outside ones.

Day 10. What a blessing to be able to see and have eye doctors to help us. Give 10 cents for each pair of glasses your family members wear.

Day 11. Give thanks and a dollar for every child in your family and do a secret good deed for them today.

Day 12. How would you like to live in your car as some families do? Give a dime for every vehicle in your family.

Day 13 . Epidemics often follow natural disasters. Give thanks if no one in your house has been too sick this month to go to work or school and donate 50 cents.

Day 14. Did a blanket cover you last night? Give a penny for every blanket in your house.

Day 15. Was it cold enough to wear a coat today? Were you thankful for your coat? Give a penny for every coat, jacket or raincoat in your house.

Day 16. In some countries of the world, most people can’t read. Are you thankful you can read? Put in a penny for every book in your home….(Yes, for most of us this is an expensive one)

Day 17. By now you have received many holiday cards from many loving friends and family members. Give a penny for each card.

Day 18. Most people in the world cook over an open fire. Aren’t you glad you didn't have to chop wood this morning? Give 5 cents for every burner on your stove and a nickel for every oven.

Day 19. Aren’t you glad that you have people that love and think about you? Put in 10 cents for each gift under the tree that is for you.

Day 20. Unfortunately this is the time of year in which many people suffer loss in house fires. Give 10 cents for every phone in your house in which you can dial 911 in case of emergency.

Day 21. Many people in the world suffer excruciating pain from the lack of dental care. Have you ever been grateful for toothbrushes? Give 5 cents for every toothbrush in your house.

Day 22. Many children in the world barely get one meal a day. How many did you have? Give thanks and five cents for each meal and 10 cents for each snack today.

Day 23. Give one penny for every slice of bread in your house.

Day 24. Make a list of all the fruits and vegetables that are in your kitchen and put in a penny for each one on the list.


meegz said...

Did you get this from my Mom? I LOVE this idea. I'd never heard of it before. Thanks for giving us a place to send our money to -- count us in!!!

Laurene Ross said...

This is a great idea. WE are doing some service projects in our ward to collect money for your parents. The list includes, baking cookies, bread, Carol-o-Grams and helping people with there decorations for christmas. So far I think we have covered at least one of the CD players.We will startthis box too, I love it!

Mimi said...

This idea came to me from one of my friends in Hawaii, but it didn't originate with her so we're just passing it around. And I think your take on it is GREAT! Clint and I are doing it too...even tho we don't have little kids to teach. We haven't determined yet where the results will go, but I think it's either your folks cause or the Pine River Valley Community Center...they do so much on so little! They let us use their childcare room for free for Seminary.

Nate said...

Too complicated for us guys, I need a paypal link