Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Who, What, When, Where, and Why

I am so excited to be posting for the first time for Operation Giggle!

So here are the 5 W's of Operation Giggle:

Who does it benefit?: The children of New Day Foster Home

What do we need you to do?: Agree to buy 3lbs worth of Christmas presents for one child or help with the shipping costs of just over $1000.

When are we starting?: Right now! We will be taking donations for the shipping starting today. I will have a list of children by the end of October or beginning of November I am hoping. (We want to wait to as close to Christmas as we can because the children come and go a lot.)
Where do you send the presents?: We are in Cleveland TN just North of Chattanooga TN if you chose to "adopt" a child for the season you will be responsible for shipping the present to us at your cost.
Why are we doing this?: Because God said to! *James 1:27*
I would like to take just a minute to explain to you exactly what Operation Giggle is and how it came about.

Last September I went with my best friend Tara to China to pick up her adopted daughter Nora. While on that trip my heart was changed. I had a friend send me a text a few days before I left that said "While on this trip ask God to let you see through His eyes and when you get home don't lose that vision". So I prayed that God would let me see the people of China through His eyes and he did. The people of China are a unique people rich in heritage and in community. I loved interacting with them and I am so glad I had the opportunity to visit their country. Upon returning to the states and continuing in my normal daily life for almost a year I began to feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to look into adoption. I talked to my husband about it and although he is all for adoption he just didn't feel as if now was the right time for us because of many factors. To be honest I was a little heart broken and just could not understand why the Holy Spirit would lead me into something that was going to lead to nothing but waiting (I know all of you adoptive parents just took time to laugh because when we finally apply it will continue to take YEARS of waiting for things to fall into place).

But on July 24th I got a clear answer as to why God led my heart toward adoption I happened onto a Blog written by an American woman named Carrie who is living in China and working at a Foster Home. I sat and read her blog and cried for hours. I knew that I had to contact her. I sent her an email just saying I loved her blog and I would love to volunteer to help in some way, maybe even by going there someday. I also told her I would love to help here in someway and mentioned a gift drive at Christmas. She replied that she thought that would be great and she would be glad to help on her end. From that point on Operation Giggle was born.

I chose the name because of something Carrie had written in a post about one of the kids giggling and it becoming infectious. These children have been abandoned and have medical problems and even emotional issues yet one of them found a reason to giggle. I want to give each and every one of the children a reason to giggle this year on Christmas.

I believe in living my life, to the best of my ability, by following the word of God and I believe that we have things a little mixed up in today's society. We think that pure and undefiled religion comes from the number of times we attend service, or the kind of clothes we wear, or even our financial standing but the word of God does not say that! It says:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27).

It is our calling as Christians to take care of these children and until the time comes when I can open my heart to one individual child and bring them into my home and become their forever mommy I will open my heart to a group of children and make sure that I show the love of God one giggle at a time. I can't do this alone! I need LOTS of help. If you would like to partner with us to "adopt" one child this Christmas and buy presents for them (not to exceed 3 lbs) please join this site and email me at

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