When November comes and Thanksgiving approaches, conversations about thankfulness become more common.
Many families have traditions to intentionally celebrate their blessings. Maybe each member of your family thanks God for something before Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe you write down what you’re thankful for and save it to read next year.
As a child sponsor, you have an extra opportunity to celebrate thankfulness and begin a new Thanksgiving tradition.
Start by gathering everyone together. Then, ask each person to write a letter to your sponsored child about what he or she is thankful for this year. But here’s the catch — you can only list things that your sponsored child also can be thankful for!
Most sponsored children don’t have a nice car, a fancy house, or a new phone. But they do have the opportunity to get an education, access to food and clean water, and people who love them.
Encourage your family to focus on blessings like these. By centering your thankfulness list on things your sponsored child also has, you refocus your priorities. Your sponsored child may not have a phone, but friends and family are a much bigger blessing, anyway.
This Thanksgiving tradition will be a blessing to your sponsored child. It will give him or her a way to connect with you and to be involved in your holiday celebration. It helps you remember what Thanksgiving is all about while encouraging your sponsored child at the same time.
If you have other ways that you like to involve your sponsored children in your holiday celebrations, we’d love to hear them! You can post your comments and ideas on our Facebook page!
We want you to know that we at World Help are thankful for you — and your sponsored child is, too! Your generosity is transforming a life, and we couldn’t be happier that you’ve chosen to take your sponsorship journey with us. Happy Thanksgiving!