In kidmax, we are asking all our kids across all our sites to provide the soap for the 750 AIDS Care kits we hope to assemble. That is 1500 biodegradable, individually wrapped bars of soap!! I did some research to make lives easier and found some biodegradable soap at Walmart. Neolia is biodegradable and costs $3 for 4 bars. Caprina (a goat's milk soap) is also biodegradable and I just saw it at Costco the other day.
Why do I get so excited about having our kids participate in AIDS Care season?
- It’s a great opportunity to introduce your child to the concept of compassion. Love means relationships. It means taking the time to see the world through each other’s eyes. It means learning from people who seem different than us and embracing our brothers and sisters as a family. Our goal is to make God’s love visible by helping to meet people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Check out mission.themeetinghouse.com to learn more about our Transform mission.
- By purchasing soap, we are loving our friends in southern Africa who will be helped through AIDS Care kits. We are embracing them as family, because when we know of a physical need in our family, we do our best to help meet that need.
- It’s a great opportunity to take your child to the store, find the soap aisle, and
- talk about the money it takes to the purchase the soap. Where do we get the money from? How expensive is the soap? Will you buy this instead of something else?
- talk about why purchasing biodegradable soap is important (by definition, biodegradable means capable of being decomposed by biological agents like bacteria. Materials are usually deemed biodegradable if they break down to at least 90% water, carbon dioxide and biomass within 6 months, although some materials may take years to biodegrade). God made our beautiful world and He has asked us to take care of it. This is one easy way we can do so.
- let them touch the soap, smell the soap, feel the soap. Talk about what soap is used for (a cleaning agent, removes harmful bacteria) and why that is important (helps get rid of bacteria that could contribute to illness and disease, prevents bacteria from spreading).
- talk about where the soap is going. Get out a map, look online, grab a globe, and point out the continent of Africa. Tell them it takes roughly 21 hours to fly from Toronto to Johannesburg, South Africa. 21 hours is almost a full day and night!! That means sleeping on the plane, eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the plane, passing time reading, playing, drawing, watching movies on the plane…
- share what you know about what life can be like for kids in Africa (the daily struggle for one meal, finding clean drinking water, not every kid gets to go to school, homes are often one open space in a shelter of sorts, etc.).
- write to your sponsored child!! Check out themeetinghouse.com/worldvision for more info.
Can't wait to hear the stories that come out of this time,