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(I know this post is huge, but bear with me and follow it through. You could be part of something BIG!) : )
When I was in high school our young women's group had a really neat project in which we collected new jammies and made teddy bears to take to a place called Christmas Box International (CBI). There are three different Christmas Box Houses that are a part of the CBI and our young women were able to go to the House in Salt Lake City. This Christmas Box House is a "half way" safe house where kids who need to be quickly removed from a violent, abusive, or neglectful situation are able to go while they are waiting to be placed into better circumstances.
I remember the whole experience vividly. As soon as I walked through the doors with the other girls I knew it was a special place. It just had that feeling; that peaceful, loving, happy feeling that comes when you know a big difference is being made. We watched as the children excitedly chose their own jammies and teddy bears out of the overflowing boxes that we brought. I loved seeing that. After some of the staff talked to us about what the Christmas Box House was all about, we were each able to read a child a bed time story before they went to sleep. As I watched and listened and got to be a part of it all, I wondered where these kids had come from, what they had seen, what they had gone without, what they had endured. The feelings that accompanied that night were some of the first moments of many that lead me to go into Social Work.
So needless to say, the Christmas Box House is awesome! And as Chad and I were brainstorming on something neat we could do for someone else this year, this memory pressed itself forward and I started to get all sorts of excited: ) So I looked up CBI's website and found this little beauty...