4 ways to remember your sponsored friend at Thanksgiving

November 16, 2011 at 8:00 am 9 comments

CFCA sponsor Catherine Donahue gets a hug from her sponsored child, Betty, during a May 2011 mission awareness trip to Colombia

CFCA sponsor Catherine Donahue gets a hug from her sponsored child, Betty, during a May 2011 mission awareness trip to Colombia.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the many blessings we are grateful for. Why not take a moment to give thanks for the sponsored child or elderly friend in your life?

Here are four ideas for remembering your sponsored friend during this special day.

1. Add a new dining tradition to your Thanksgiving meal. Research a recipe from your sponsored friend’s country and serve it with all your other favorites. Family and friends will have many questions, and you can share with them about CFCA.

2. Give thanks for your sponsored friend by keeping a photo nearby. Share with your guests why sponsorship is important to you.

3. Contact CFCA to receive a profile of a child or aging friend awaiting sponsorship. This Thanksgiving, inspire someone else to make a difference.

4. Say one thing you appreciate about the person sitting next to you at the Thanksgiving table, and go around the room until everyone has had a chance to participate. Include your sponsored friend as one of the people you’re thankful for.

If you have other ideas of how you and your family can incorporate CFCA into your own holiday traditions, we’d love to hear them.

In just one example, the Hubbards creatively made Christmas tree ornaments of children awaiting sponsorship last year.

Perhaps you have another idea you’d like to share with us. Let us know in the comments below!

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  • 1. Karen  |  November 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    In our family we created a new tradition. We all write down 2 things we are thankful for on small slips of paper. Then we fold the papers and bake them into crescent rolls. Whenever someone takes a roll and breaks the bread they get to read the thankful note.

  • 3. Louis Welcher  |  November 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Be sure to add the name of your sponsored person to your own thanksgiving prayers, and those of your church. In the Episcopal Church, we have the Prayers of the People at every celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This is a wonderful place to have the name added, which also causes others to ask who this person is. Perhaps they will be moved to sponsor someone as well.

    • 4. Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)  |  November 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks very much for that suggestion. I hadn’t thought of mentioning my sponsored child during prayers in church, but it makes perfect sense. Much appreciated.

      ~Shanxi, CFCA web editor

  • 5. Tom Donovan  |  November 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    what is the difference between this site and hopeforafamily.org?

    • 6. Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)  |  December 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Hi Tom,

      Hopeforafamily.org is our main CFCA website. This blog is featured within our website and highlights personal stories, ideas and comments from within our CFCA community.

      I like to think of it this way – Hopeforafamily.org is like our main office building, but the blog is like a big room or hallway inside the building.

      Hope this helps!

      ~Shanxi, CFCA web editor

  • 7. Christine Nabadda  |  November 22, 2012 at 3:15 am

    sometimes when i do not have what to give in advance for the good work done to me, i prefer to visit that person and do house work for like few days then i go away.

  • 8. Christine Nabadda  |  November 22, 2012 at 3:17 am

    what are the requirements for one to come and volunteer at the CFCA?


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