On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a category four storm, pummeled areas of Haiti, a nation with crippling poverty in various regions. With a reported 1.4 million people needing emergency aid, the threat of waterborne and other illnesses, and at least 1,000 dead, the world was called to respond.
On October 19, Bellevue Christian School 9th grade students were privileged to have that opportunity. In partnership with Children of the Nations (COTN), and through the generous donations of hygiene items from BCS families, students came together to sort, organize, count, and pack 250 “SmilePacks” containing toiletries that will help Haitian families prevent common illness and disease. These packs will soon be sent to Haiti and distributed by COTN workers and volunteers. We pray that those receiving the SmilePacks will be reminded that Jesus sees their suffering and desires to meet their needs and ease their struggles. In addition to the 250 completed packs, BCS was able to send numerous boxes filled with extra hygiene kit supplies which COTN will be able to use in the future. In addition to this worthwhile activity, students received time both before and after packing the kits to learn about Haiti and hear from a representative from COTN, as well as time to pray and reflect on what they have learned.
“This experience showed me how much I take the little things in my life for granted, like having soap and toothpaste,” shared one student after filling SmilePacks. “I want to try to do a better job of appreciating everything I have.”
Thank you to all BCS community members that graciously donated the items needed for these SmilePacks, and to teachers Kathleen Boone and Sheri Nansen, for leading the charge and coordination of this meaningful and engaging service activity.