Earlier this month, South Carolina was hit hard with heavy rains and flooding. In the aftermath of that tragedy, Teach Them Diligently teamed with the South Carolina Home Educators Association to try to bring relief to the homeschool families who had been affected. David and I asked Teach Them Diligently families and vendors from across the country if they would help these families by sending curriculum to help replace what they had lost in the flooding.
The response was completely overwhelming!
Boxes and boxes of curriculum and resources started arriving, and our dining room was quickly beginning to look like our vendor hall as it is being set up. Even more boxes came, and the first load that went from our house to the SCHEA storage and distribution facility in Columbia was a van load so tightly packed and heavy that it made the van almost scrape the road.
And then MORE boxes came!
A homeschool group from the Charlotte area not only gathered a ton of great curriculum, but they even drove it about 2 hours to my house one rainy morning, and that same morning I received a call about more boxes being delivered. I am planning to take another trip to Columbia later this week or early next week to take more resources down to those families.
In case you are interested, we had boxes come in from NC, SC, CO, TN, MI, GA, OH, AL, AR, VA, SD, CT, WI, DE, NY, and even Canada– and that is not counting the boxes we have yet to pick up from the post office! In addition to some phenomenal curriculum, we got everything from crayons and chalk, to soap and shampoo, to boxes of family-friendly movies and vouchers for online math games. God is abundantly good!
Your generosity and care for other homeschool families was truly overwhelming both to our family and to our state association. I was not surprised at all, though, for you have proven over and again that your families are engaged in the mission of meeting needs and showing Jesus’ love to those around you.
Led By A 5th Grader, Another SC Family Is Meeting Needs In Their Community
(The following account is posted with permission from the mother.)
A few weeks ago, my 10 year old daughter, had to write a persuasive business letter for her 5th grade English class. After taking a trip to San Francisco, her eyes were opened to the homeless. She was moved to write a letter to Walmart to see if they could help donate socks “since winter is coming and they will be very cold”. I wasn’t planning to send it so I just pulled out my phone and gave her the first Walmart address that showed up. It wasn’t the closest one to our house, but I just needed to show her how to write a business letter. She finished the letter and wanted to mail it. I was going to give her the nearest address, but she said she already memorized the other address. We mailed it off. A few weeks later I received a call from Walmart asking me to come pick up a donation that they had for Ellie. When we were leaving to get it she asked to bring the big van. I laughed and said the smaller van would be fine since it would not be much. Her child like faith caused her to imagine a huge amount of items. On our way we prayed that God would exceed our expectations. I told her that she should expect a few cans of beans and a couple of socks. We waited for about 30 min to speak with the assistant manager. I was beginning to feel like this was a waste of time. The manager said she would return with our donations. She came back with a flatbed that had 8 large boxes on it. She said that her store had a very giving manager. Now, I know why God had me write down the wrong address. I just stood there and cried. I should have brought the big van. They barely fit in my minivan. God is so good. I am ashamed that I underestimated what God could do through my child’s letter. I was told that if I brought a truck next week she would have a whole lot more. We cried all the way home. After going through all the items, we called different shelters to find out their needs. I divided everything into boxes and delivered them. There is such a need I am asking for God to continue to provide as we are currently out of items and the need is so great. God can use homeschooling to meet needs in the community. Thank you BJU Press for your curriculum.
It is never too early to teach your children to make a difference in the lives of those around them! One great way your family can make a difference this year is by participating in the Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox initiative. It is an easy way for children of all ages to reach out to others around the world and show the love of Jesus to them! Get more information Thursday afternoon, October 29th at 3 pm during a Twitter party we are hosting with them. Get full details on that party by clicking here. Also, if you would like more information about the child gathering supplies for the homeless shelters here in South Carolina, send me an email, and I will give you more details.
Just imagine how many lives we could all impact together if each Teach Them Diligently Family packed just one shoebox, sponsored just one child, or looked out for just 1 need they could meet! The ripples would be felt all over the world!
Please leave a comment below with some of the ways your family has made a difference in your community. I would love to start sharing more ideas with our families.