The Next Stop members spent the last couple of weeks purchasing and bringing in items to include in Christmas shoebox presents. These boxes will be a part of the collection being done at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church and being sent to Pueblo Pintado, a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico. Many members of this church have been to Pueblo Pintado and know first hand of the needs of their children. In fact, we were fortunate to have John, Tami and Andrew Dillard and Tom Griffin from Sugarloaf come to The Next Stop to help us learn about the lives of the children in Pueblo Pintado.
After a two week collection, we took all that was collected and stuffed shoeboxes, assembly line style. Nineteen shoeboxes were put together!
Purchasing and gifting all the school supplies, personal care items and toys was a fun project, but also a great way for our members to better understand the value of giving and caring. Our Thursday group below, as well as the entire group of Next Stop members and volunteers, are proud to be helping the children in Pueblo Pintado!