SmilePacks

Two Girls Send Smiles Across the World

A while ago, Stephanie Ellis had worried that her family was heading down a path toward selfishness. She prayed that God would move her family's hearts toward generosity. And she found her prayers answered in unexpected ways.

 

If You Give a Child a Pencil . . .

Two years ago, I stepped into my dream job as a staff writer for Children of the Nations (COTN). In this job, I see the naked reality of the brokenness that was, and the unaccountable, transformative power of the Great Love who is doing a great work in the lives of so many.

Children Send God's Word Across the World

As soon as seventh-grader Dee walked into the church, he realized he’d forgotten something very important—the pile of coins he’d worked so hard to collect all week. 

Sisterhood of the Traveling SmilePacks

Have you ever gotten a gift from someone you didn't even know? Fourteen-year-old Freslène of Haiti never had until recently. At first she was surprised as she opened her packet of hygiene supplies, topped off with a personal note and a handmade bracelet. But when she read the note and found out who it was from, it meant even more. 

Your Shoes and Meals Reach Haiti

On October 13, 2012, people from all over Orange County, California, came together to change children's lives.  In one day, 750 people gathered in the warehouse of local business Applied Medical and packaged more than 80,000 meals to send to children in Haiti.  Volunteers loaded the meals, along with shoes and SmilePacks® filled with hygiene and school supplies, into a shipping container to be sent to needy children in Haiti.

Community Coordinators Help Move COTN Forward

Children of the Nations (COTN) is looking for a person to fill the position of Community Coordinator for the Seattle, Washington, area. This role supports COTN’s ministry by developing relationships with churches who wish to take part in local activities that help bring better care to children in need. Amber Kaiser has served as COTN’s Community Coordinator in San Diego for three years. Below, she shares a little bit about what she does on a daily basis.

You're Never Too Young: 9-Year-Old Collects School Supplies for Africa

Growing up in Gig Harbor, Washington, 9-year-old Kylee Sears has always had all the learning materials she could possibly dream of.  But that doesn't mean she doesn't think about children who don't.  "It would be hard to have no school supplies," she says.  "I imagine writing in the dirt with sticks."

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