In December, our children were blessed with an “it is more blessed to give than to receive” opportunity. Relief Home Parent Dad, Jordan Douce, and his wife Violeta from Ecuador came up with the idea. Violeta explains:
“Thanks to our donors, our Coyote Hill children receive amazing presents at Christmas! We wanted to expand their perspective and help them be a part of something bigger than themselves. Choosing a gift to give and writing a Christmas card to a child in need in Ecuador helped them realize that Christmas is for everyone. It also gave our kids the blessing of giving.
“Our Development Director, Kari Hopkins, coordinated collecting small gifts that would fit in one suitcase…Hot Wheels, Play Doh, Legos, balls, etc. The children of Coyote Hill chose a gift for a child in Ecuador, and then made a card to go with their gift. Two of our Parent Aides, Chris McCoy and Tully Douce (Jordan’s younger brother) then delivered the suitcase to Ecuador during their Christmas break, while on a visit to Jordan and Tully’s parents.
“My father-in-law, Phil Douce, directs a discipleship program in Ecuador for boys who formerly lived on the street, while his wife, Debbie, directs a safe house and discipleship program for girls who have been trafficked. Both the girls and boys are from 16 to 25 years old, but many of them have children of their own, or nieces and nephews that frequent the ministry sites. Thus, the gifts were a blessing to these needy families.”
Tully Douce concludes, “Each child reacted differently when we presented them with the cards and gifts and explained where they came from. It was so rich to see their puzzled faces turn to tears of joy when reading the card and opening the gift. The fact that other children from a different country wanted to give THEM gifts seemed incomprehensible…but that’s the beauty of giving rather than just receiving.”