Ever since I began the Go Give campaign, I’ve heard encouraging stories from others about befriending neighbors, giving to the homeless, and brightening the days of friends. For the month of April we decided to Go Give Blessing Baskets. I got the idea from Jennifer Schmidt through a post she wrote for (In)Courage. When I read her blog post and saw the pictures she included, I knew it would be the perfect Go Give project.
Throughout the month, I prayed about how I might bless someone else through this project. I knew I wanted to use my own children somehow in the process. They love art projects, and I’m working hard to teach them how important it is to pour generosity into another life.
I woke up the morning of Good Friday, and as I was praying, I had the idea come to mind that I should implement the blessing basket project during the children’s portion of the Good Friday Service at my church. I called the Pastor in charge of the service and asked if he would be okay with me teaching the children that evening. He was thrilled with the idea.
I spent the afternoon copying templates and purchasing items needed for the craft. When I arrived at church that evening, I set up, and when the kids walked into the classroom, we had a brief lesson and went to work.
After we were done making the project, the kids were instructed to choose someone in the congregation (Preferably someone they didn’t know very well.) and give them a blessing basket. It contained a note, scripture, flowers, candy, and the kid’s personal artwork.
After the service, I stood at the top of the stairs and watched the children. With giving hearts they happily approached adults with smiles full of love. It was a beautiful way to recognize the beauty of our Savior through the hands of His children.
If you have a story about a blessing basket, I would love to hear about it! You can either link up here at my blog, or you can join the Go Give Facebook Community Page and post about it there. You can also find us on twitter using the hashtag #GoGive:).
If you would like to participate in May’s Go Give, the prompt is Go Give Dessert! Yum!!! Make a cake, sweet treat, or buy a sugary surprise to give a neighbor, friend, co-worker, church member, pastor or… the list goes on and on. And next month, maybe you can include a picture to show us! God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Praise the Lord and pass the chocolate!
Ready, Set, Go Give!