This is George. George loves telling tall tales and doing the backstroke in the bathtub. His voice is deep and gruff but filled with mischief. When I was really little, George was my adventure buddy.
I don’t remember the exact moment when George and I stopped being friends. It was probably some time around the Christmas that I got a Barbie. And he was definitely gone by the Christmas I got rollerblades.
But yet, George is the only toy I’ve ever kept from my childhood. He not only reminds me of delightful moments, but more importantly, he’s my first memory of learning how to use my imagination. He taught me how to dream and create something from nothing. To believe that anything was possible!
But he’s just a toy, you say. Just.
As the character J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland says,
“What a horrible candle-snuffing word. That’s like saying, he can’t climb that mountain, he’s just a man, or that’s not a diamond, it’s just a rock. Just.“
Toys play an integral role in the development of children in poverty. Here’s a glimpse into the magical world of toys in the lives of some of the children in our programs.
For a child in poverty, a toy is more than just a toy…
By sponsoring a child you are giving them access to tools like toys to further their development. You’re enabling their local church to help them develop holistically – spiritually, emotionally, financially and physically.
Original story contributors
Jose: Adones Martinez, Dominican Republic Field Communications Specialist
Kevin: Silas Irungu, Kenya Field Communications Specialist
Importance of Play in the Child Survival Program: Tigist Gizachew, Ethiopia Field Communications Specialist
Mateus: Ana Rafaela, Brazil Field Communications Specialist
Photo of George: Matthew Osier