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Sisters charity provides Christmas to 3,200 kids

Sisters charity World’s Children is providing Christmas to 3,200 children on December 25. All of the children live in orphanages in India, Ethiopia and Guatemala. Each year World’s Children collects funds for Christmas throughout the year and then wires whatever money it has collected to each of 29 orphanages, with a combined 3,200 kids.

Every child gets one gift, typically a new article of clothing, and a Christmas feast is cooked. Christmas dinner in the India orphanages doesn’t include turkey or ham, as it would in the U.S., but is comprised of rice and a special curry sauce.

This year several donors did something for the children that had never been done before. One man in California had 700 greeting cards made with a picture of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the front. He hand-wrote a personal message on each card as though from Santa. All the children in five orphanages will receive a card on Christmas morning.

And if you’ve had trouble finding postcards in Sisters lately it might be because three local women offered to send postcards with personal messages to children in another five orphanages. The 260 postcards depict scenes from Central Oregon, including downtown Sisters and the Three Sisters. One orphanage administrator wrote that the postcards the girls received were so special to them that they kept the cards under their pillows at night.

Sisters is already a favorite place for people around the U.S. And now it is the favorite of a lot of children in India.


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