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It’s Christmas Time at Arise!

Partner with us to provide over 600 children in Zambia with a Christmas gift this year! Each student in our sponsorship program will receive a backpack or drawstring bag full of goodies. We fill the bags with essential items such as underwear and toothbrushes, and other fun things like sunglasses, soccer balls, and books! In order to get the bags to Zambia and organized for distribution, we have to start this process now, as shipping can take up to 5 months! We want our children to feel special and know that there are people thinking and praying for them! To make this possible, we need all of the help we can get!

If you sponsor a student in our sponsorship program, read below how you can participate in our Christmas Swag Bag campaign by packing a bag, funding a bag, shopping our wishlist, or volunteering in our Fort Worth office! If you still have questions, you can email our Sponsorship Director, Jack.

If you are not a sponsor, you can shop our Amazon wishlist, volunteer in our Fort Worth office, fund or pack a swag bag for a student without a sponsor, or email our Sponsorship Director, Jack, to learn more about how you can help!

Swag bags are due April 22!

Please drop off your bag, mail your bag, or fund a bag before the deadline!

Follow These Steps to Help Us Build a Bag for Your Child

Step 1: Decide if You’re Going to Create or Fund a Swag Bag

You can shop and create your child’s bag personally! Please take a look at these instructions, and let us know you are planning to pack your own bag. You can mail or drop off the bags to use at our Fort Worth office or the Dallas drop off location. Both addresses are listed farther down this page.

If you’d rather us do the shopping, you can fund a swag bag for $45! This $45 covers the cost of the contents of the bag, the physical bag, and the cost of shipping.

Step 2: Write A Christmas Message

If you build your own swag bag, you can include a message to your sponsored student or if you don’t sponsor a student, the student who will receive the bag! If you are funding a swag bag, you’ll get an email soon after you fund a bag with instructions on how to include a message in the bag you funded!

Step 3: Send Your Bags In!

You can drop off your bag to our Fort Worth office or the Dallas drop off location, or you can mail your bag to the Fort Worth office. Both addresses are listed below! If you funded a bag, your bag won’t have to go very far, and we’ll take care of making sure it gets loaded up with fun stuff, including your Christmas message!

Want to go above & beyond or get friends involved?

Funding extra bags, donating extra items, and shopping our Amazon wishlist allows us to ensure EVERY student receives a Christmas swag bag! Our Amazon wishlist has some essential items for our older children and fun activities we know our students would LOVE!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child get everything I put in the bag?

We do our best to ensure that your child will get everything to your place in your bag! If there are items in your bag that have multiples, we may pull a couple of the extras to go to a child who wouldn’t otherwise receive a bag. Our staff goes through every swag bag to make sure that the items are appropriate for the child, and we give our best effort to make all children’s swag bags something they will be very excited about!

What does the $45 cover?

It costs us quite a bit of money to ship these items all the way to Zambia, but your $45 goes a long way. It helps cover the cost of shipping, the physical bag, and the items in the swag bag backpack. If you give more than $45, the excess is used to build bags for students without sponsors, or students whose sponsors did not participate so every student can get a swag bag!

What are the best items to put in my child’s swag bag?

Click here to download a suggested items list if you don’t know what to purchase! Out students in Zambia would love anything you think your similarly aged child or sibling would enjoy! We also love it if underwear and bras are sent. Most children do not have underwear so we would love to make sure that children are getting new underwear and bras each year. Anything that can be used in school like pencils, pens, etc is also very helpful.

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