Taking Christmas to the Philippines … again

Pam Griffin
At the children’s Christmas party in 2012 in the Philippines, children were thrilled with their toys — Barbie dolls and trucks from the people of Destin and around the country. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

It’s that time of year when Mission Love Seeds begins to think about Christmas. This is the 13th year MLS has provided Christmas gifts and a meal for the villages they support in the Philippines.

“Another Christmas is coming quick, and we want the children in the Philippines to have big smiles on their faces when they see how generous the supporters of Mission have been,” said Barbi Carroll, president and co-founder of Mission Love Seeds.

In 2012, there were only five villages MLS supported, and they all had a meal. Now, that number of villages has grown to 12.

“I hope we can feed all 12 this year," Carroll said. "The need is overwhelming, but by faith we know God will provide all that is needed to feed all the kids this Christmas, in all of the Mission villages.”

Mission Love Seeds can not do it by themselves … they need their supporters, organizations, businesses, churches and others to help. And there are several ways you can.

The Adopt-a-Child program is $25 per child and the money will be used to provide a dress, shoes and doll for the girls and the boys get a complete outfit, shoes and a truck or ball.

To provide food, you can bring nonperishable food items, such as noodles, spaghetti, peanut butter or oatmeal to 55 Country Club Drive E. in Destin.

Also needed will be clothes and shoes, Barbie dolls or other small dolls and small toys, trucks, small stuffed animals, books, etc. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on a child’s face … a meal, a small toy, a piece of candy or fruit.

Monetary donations will be appreciated to help with shipping costs and other purchases that are made in the Philippines for the Christmas dinner. You can send check to Barbi Carroll, 55 Country Club Drive E., Destin 32541 or visit the website missionloveseeds.org to donate using PayPal or credit card. Items must be shipped to Philippines by end of September.

Think about those who have nothing for Christmas. Mission Love Seeds can’t help them all, but it would if it could. And this year it hopes to be able to with your help. Can you help put a smile on a child’s face?

For more information, message Carroll on Facebook or visit Mission Love Seeds Charity, email missionloveseeds@cox.net or call 850-865-1055.