It’s Christmas in June!
HELP US GET OVER 600 CHRISTMAS SWAG BAGS SHIPPED TO ZAMBIA!
It’s already Christmas time at Arise! Every June, we collect over 600 Christmas bags to send to our children in sponsorship. We fill the bags up with essential needs like underwear and toothbrushes, and other fun things like sunglasses and soccer balls! The bags then go on a 5 month boat ride to Zambia to be opened up in December. We want our kids to feel so special and know their sponsors are thinking and praying for them, and love them so much! The smile that lasts on their faces for weeks is worth every drop of Faith’s sweat and tears! So help a girl out and let’s get the bags and letters in on time!
If you sponsor a child in our Child Sponsorship Program, please read the directions below carefully to help us ensure your child receives a gift this year. If you still have questions, don't forget to read the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page!
If you are not a child sponsor, but would love to mail us a swag bag for a child, donate items, or even volunteer, email Faith.
BAGS AND LETTERS ARE DUE JUNE 11th!
We can’t guarantee bag received at our office after this date will make it to Zambia. Please send them BEFORE the due date.
Sponsors have two options to help us with their gift:
You can shop and create your child’s bag personally! Please download a suggested gift form and fill ONE 2-gallon Ziploc bag. (Please see FAQ #2 for a note on super stuffed bags). You can mail or drop off the bags to us at our office in Fort Worth. We also have a drop off location in Dallas for your convenience. Please enclose 2 letters for your child. One they will open with their gifts in December, as well as a letter for them to open when we go to Zambia in July. Make sure to clearly label these letters "DECEMBER" and "JULY" so we can deliver them correctly.
If you want to fill more bags than children you have sponsored, we would love your help! Please fill as many Ziplocs as you desire and mark the bag with the gender and age the gifts correspond to! You can also login to your donor dashboard and pay for extra bags there or send items to our office from our Amazon Wish List.
If you do not have time to make a bag for your child, you can purchase one for $45! Please log onto your donor dashboard and click the user icon at the top right side of the page. In the drop down box, click “pay for my swag bag” and purchase your gift there. If you have issues with this, you can email us and we can help! This $45 pays for the contents of the bag, the drawstring backpack, and the cost of shipping the bag. You can also send a check to the Fort Worth office at the address above. Then, please mail 2 letters to us! One for us to enclose in the bag we make for your child, as well as a letter for them to open when we go to Zambia in July. The two letters can also be sent to our Fort Worth address. Again, please clearly label the two letters “DECEMBER” and “JULY” with both you and your child’s name clearly printed.
Want to pay for more than one child? That is a huge blessing for us! After clicking “pay for my swag bag” on your dashboard, you can choose how many children you’d like to purchase a bag for including your own.
We would love your help to bless our staff as well. Please shop our Amazon Wish List and we will take care of the rest. Last year it was so fun to see our staff get boxes of love too.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. I am confused at how many letters to write my child?
Right now you can write your child TWO letters and send them to us. One will be put in their Christmas bag which they will see in December. The other one will be taken to Zambia in July when we go to visit for the summer. Please label each letter "JULY" and "DECEMBER" so that we know which one is for the Christmas bag and which one is to be taken over in the summer.
2. Does my child get everything I put in the bag?
Your child will get one of everything you place in your bag! If there are items in your bag that have muliples, it is possible that any extras will be pulled to go to a child who wouldn't other wise receive a bag. Any personalized, pricier, or distinctive items will ALWAYS end up in your child's bag. %75-%80 of all items you purchase will end up in your child's hands. We give our best effort to make all children's swag bags even. Hang with us and please give us grace as we do our best to make this exciting for every child!
3. I am an Arise Home sponsor, do I make a bag for my child?
No, our children in the Arise Home celebrate Christmas differently than our children not in full time custody. We will continue to inform you of the things we would like to purchase for them in early November. BUT you can write your child in the home a letter right now that we would love to take with us this Summer. Please send it to our Fort Worth office no later than June 11th.
4. What does the $45 cover?
It costs us quite a bit of money to ship these items to Zambia. Your $45 helps cover the cost of shipping, the drawstring backpack, and the items in the backpack.
5. What are the best items to put in my child's bag?
For one, we love it if underwear is sent. Most children do not have underwear so this is very helpful. Anything that can be used in school like pencils, pens etc. is also very helpful. Learning items such as flash cards are great. And of course fun things too! Anything that has to do with Christian rap for our older boys (cheap cd's) is a big hit as well.
6. What if I don't know the size of my child for clothing and what clothing should I send?
If you are wondering what size will fit best, our suggestion is this: go to the last child report sent to you via email. Check the age of your child and look at their photo (most of the children are very slim). Make the best guess depending on suggestions given on the underwear packaging. When in doubt, go up a size because they can always grow into them! Do not worry too much about sizing, children are resourceful and will facilitate trade with one another if needed. The weather in December is hot, we would recommend a t-shirt and shorts. However long sleeved works too as it does get cold in Zambia mid-year.
7. Can I get other individuals involved to make more bags?
Yes PLEASE do! We need help filling all of our bags and having funding for this project. Let us know your estimated bag count so that we can plan accordingly.