Posted by: TominThai | 22/03/2011

Our Camillian Center Songkran Boxes

Dear Moms and Dads!

We received our “Songkran Boxes” from the IB students at the end of last week.  After the Songkran Holidays, on the 21st of April 2011, 43 children from the Camillian Center will come to visit our school. For many years now, GIS has prepared “Songkran Boxes”, which are basically boxes as presents given to each of the children. Each class, from Foundation to IB2, will be responsible for filling at least one of these boxes. Kids at the Camillian Center, in Rayong, are orphaned, meaning that they are not staying with their parents. Almost all of them are HIV positive, which means that they have to take a lot of expensive medication to keep alive, and that they are very weak and their bodies cannot defend themselves, once they get into the AIDS stage. People with this disease do not live long, as they may pass away just from a simple cold. Therefore, the IB students have organized for this year to make these underprivileged children happy again.

Things going into the box or possibly donated otherwise, fall into two categories:

  1. Essential Things
  • Sanitary items (Soap, Shampoo, Powder, Toothpaste, Toothbrush)
  • Clothes (Shirts, Pants, Skirts, Socks, Underwear etc.)
  • Stationary items (Pencils, Erasers etc.)
  1. Things the Kids like and want:
  • Toys
  • Video games
  • Hobby/Sports equipment
  • Snacks (Chocolate, Chips etc.)
  • Stuffed Animals

Each class will get profiles for the child they are donating to. On the profiles, there is basic information about the child, as well as a picture. These are designed to help students think of what they could possibly donate, but students should not be limited by them. Some of the toys children want are quite fancy and expensive, yet it would be nice if these (e.g. old game console) were donated, even if old and second-hand. However, all other things such as clothing, sanitary items, and stationary items should be bought new, not second hand. When buying clothes, please note that these children have limited growth and are much smaller than healthy children of their age.

Essential things are important for the children, as the Center relies purely on charities, and if basic things are donated, it can save the center money which can then be used to help the children in other ways, such as medical treatment. However, things that the kids want and like will make them truly happy and excited, so there should be a balance between essential and wanted things donated.

Food should not be put into the boxes, but instead, should be separate. In addition to the child’s favourite snacks, donations such as rice, soya milk and canned food would help the center also.

All members of each class are expected to contribute something and boxes should be filled in before the Songkran holidays. It is also requested that these boxes are wrapped up nicely, perhaps in the favourite colour of the child. The more things donated, the happier the children will be. These children rarely get presents, and when they do, it makes them extremely happy. The IB Students have visited the center as well, and all children are really looking forward to come to GIS again. We are planning to arrange activities for these children, and many of them said they would like sports or water activities related to Songkran.

If there are any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Morris or any of the IB students.

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