At church last Sunday we learned about the Global Soap Project which was started by Derreck Kayongo. Derreck is originally from Uganda but is now an American citizen who’s striving “to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.” He got the idea for the Global Soap Project when he first came to America in the 90s; he was amazed that the hotel he stayed in was replenishing his soap every day, even though it was hardly used.
Afraid that the hotel would charge him for all that soap, he went to speak to the concierge about it. The concierge just laughed and told him that the hotel throws away the soaps not used every day. It saddened him because so many people in third world countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Swaziland need soap so badly.
Soap is expensive in those countries but is a vital first step in fighting off diseases. Not being able to wash your hands leads to sickness and the cost of a hospital visit is often too high a price to pay and people are dying merely because they didn’t have soap.
Derreck’s Global Soap Project is making strides to overcoming that problem. They gather barely used soap from hotels, sanitize the soap and reprocess it into new bars of soap and ship it to third world countries in need.
You can help further his project by going to CNN’s Heroes 2011 site and voting for Derreck’s project up to ten times a day from now until December 7th. The winner will be announced on December 11. Please take a moment to vote for Derreck–with only a few minutes each day, you can help make a difference in a child’s life.
FULL STORY ON DERRECK’s GLOBAL SOAP PROJECT
The holiday season is not a happy time for many children all over the world, but there are many amazing organizations who are doing their part to help brighten many children’s Christmas season. One organization that I think is wonderful and I fully support is Samaritan’s Purse which has the Operation Christmas Child project.
It’s simple really; just load up a shoe box full of goodies for either a boy or girl. Pick an age group of 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years. I get all of my shoe box gifts from the Dollar Store. Some gift suggestions include school supplies such as pens, pencils and coloring books; toys such as cars, balls and dolls; hygiene products such as toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. Basically, you may include any little kind of trinket or toy that will provide a child a bit of delight.
Some items that you may not include are: toy guns or any related military figures, chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; or breakable items such as glass. For a complete list of items you should not include please see: Operation Christmas Child–How to Pack a Shoe Box.
You are not required to wrap the box but I always choose to–just wrap the lid separately from the box. Also, you will need to print out a label from the website above that specifies if the gift is for a boy or girl and which age group. Include a $7 donation for each shoe box to cover shipping costs and place a rubber band around the box. Lastly, remember to pray for the little child who will be receiving your gift.
Next week is national collection week from November 14-21st. You can find a drop-off location here: Drop-Off Locations.
What an easy way to share Christ’s love with a little child who would otherwise not have a very good Christmas. This is also an excellent way to teach your children about giving and helping others. Have them shop with you and pick out the toys that go in the box, let them help you wrap the box and then pray together for the child receiving the shoe box.
Have a blessed day!