Thank you and God bless you for helping out with making an Easter basket for a foster child sponsored by the United Methodist Children’s Home, this year. This mission is not about baskets from “Easter Bunny”, but about showing the love of Jesus Christ to children that may not have had the opportunity to feel His love before becoming part of their loving foster family. This is our chance to show that love!
The following are some suggestions for items that you may want to include in your basket. There is no set amount that has to be spent on the making of your basket–just fill it as you would for a child or grandchild of your own! Dollar Tree, K-Mart, Target and Wal-Mart are all excellent places to shop for fillers for your basket. Some ideas include:
Books, magazines, small Bibles or religious/devotional books, calculators, small notebooks or notepads, pens, pencils, markers, flashlights, small card games and other games, sport balls, Frisbees, combs, brushes, hair items, sport drink bottles, towels or beach towels, socks, t-shirts, hats or sports caps, jewelry, stuffed animals, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, crayons, coloring books, kites, jump ropes, stickers, snack items, popcorn, etc., toothbrushes, calendars., small purses, wallets, etc.–just be creative and have fun! A small amount of candy (chocolate rabbit or jelly beans, for instance) may be included–just not a basket full of candy, please! Please check your tag carefully and the information noted on the back—a request of NO CANDY is being made for some of the very small children—thank you for respecting that wish.
Small gift certificates are a great idea. Some suggestions include: Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Chik-Fil-A, K-Mart, Target, Wendy’s, iTunes cards–whatever your kids like—they will like too!
Baskets do not just have to be limited to a wicker Easter basket. In the past, people have used every kind of container from plastic baskets to small storage containers to beach bags and backpacks to small gym bags–again, whatever you like!
This year we would very much like to include either a child’s Bible or a storybook of the story of Easter—or even an Easter card and/or a personal note to the child that really witnesses to the love that Jesus Christ has for them. We want to emphasize the true meaning of Easter.
Please make sure that your basket is wrapped and enclosed completely in cellophane or a large clear plastic bag, with your child’s name securely attached to it. (They make some bags specifically made to hold an Easter basket–you can find them at somewhere like Wal-Mart or Target.) Then return your Easter basket to the Robinson Road Church, information desk, NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10.
Thanks so much for your help with this mission. If you have any questions, please call Susan Spradley at 404-234-2753 or contact by e-mail at email@example.com or Sue Clark at 770-487-9165 or contact by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Tags for Easter Baskets with children’s names and ages will be available for pick up at the church on the Sundays of March 17 and March 24.