The 3rd Annual Easter Bags of Hope project (benefiting the Hope Center of Waukesha) is just under 13 days away … I’m so excited and nervous!
We are currently collecting donations of hygiene products, small toys/books and non-perishable snacks (click here for a complete list). We will be using the items to fill Easter Bags for those serviced by the Hope Center of Waukesha. Then on Saturday, April 5 (9am-12pm) we invite children of all ages to join us and help assemble the bags.
The Hope Center is a non-profit organization that has been providing hope to those in need in Waukesha County for more than twenty years. Hope Center is continually working to provide new and better solutions to prevent homelessness and handle the growing needs of the community. To read more about the Hope Center click here.
If you are out of town and would still like to participate, please do! I know that there are many, many Little Warriors all over the US! If I may, here is what I would suggest: Take your child to the dollar store or Wal-Mart or Target and talk to them about people who don’t have homes. Have them try to come up with a list of what kinds of items they would need if they didn’t have a house to live in. Keep your language simple. The basics. You know your child best. Praise them for thinking of others and tell them how important it is. It’s the teaching part that really gets me motivated about this project!
NEW THIS YEAR: A Scholastic Book Fair will also be open during the event. Perfect timing for Easter baskets! Or purchase a book(s) for the Easter bag project! Profits made from the sale will support the New Life Ministry at Ascension. This ministry provides welcome baskets for newborns and their moms in the community. A book study I participated in last fall is hosting this as part of our service project related to our study. The book fair will also be available online if you forget your wallet the morning of, or if you’d like to support Little Warriors long distance. I know that much of the support I received during Owen’s battle and the days following were from all over the US and across the world. Your support and prayers have not been forgotten … I still have dreams of running into someone wearing an OWENGE shirt in an airport some day … If anything else, know that I still think about you all. Back to the subject … book fair. Books are good, reading is important. Come prepared to buy a book 🙂
I really do hope to see you on the morning of April 5. We will have coffee ready for you and promises of a memorable morning with your little ones. It gets me every single time as I watch so many little ones working to help others. I always feel like Owen is so very proud of what we are doing. Come for the whole three hours or for just a while. Come right away at 9am or show up late. We just want to see you there! It’s going to be a great opportunity to show children that they can make a difference.
I’ve got all the details up on www.owenslittlewarriors.com Pre-registration for the event is appreciated so we have an estimated head count of how many will be joining us. But walk-ins are always welcome!!!
Please feel free to email me or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
P.S. Don’t forget to print off a flyer (or a few) and invite all of your friends! Click here to download a copy of the flyer.