Meet Danny & Sharon
Danny & Sharon have been sponsoring a 6th grader, Randy, at World Missions Outreach's School for 4 years. Their daughter, Kimberly, also sponsors a 3rd grader named Ana Cristine.
Danny & Sharon are in Nicaragua with us till Wednesday. Over the past few years they have built a relationship with Randy & his family through World Missions Outreach's Child Sponsorship program (click in to learn more about the program).
This year Danny, Sharon & Kimberly wanted to send Randy & Ana back to school with all the supplies and confidence they would need!
Danny & Sharon with Randy & Ana
This families generosity didn't stop there!
Earlier this week, Sharon let us know that they had some extra funds!
Randy & Ana brought two friends... and then there were four!
Danny & Sharon with Jereling, Alfrado, Randy & Ana
Danny & Sharon took these four, full of shy smiles and tons of giggles, to the market for new uniforms, shoes, bookbags and school supplies! Without sponsors like Danny & Sharon, these precious children would not be able to get new uniforms or shoes.
The excitement, smiles, giggles & squeals of joy only added to the fun!
But..... it didn't just stop there!
On the way back home Danny & Sharon suprised the kids with a trip to McDonalds. Each one of the kids told us that they had never been to a McDonalds!
NEVER BEEN TO MCDONALDS! Let that sink in....
These kids have never been to any type of restaurant or store like that, EVER! This was truly a once in a lifetime experience for them.
The kids enjoyed happy meals, ice cream and playing in the jungle gym! I have never seen kids smile so big and laugh so much while they enjoyed something as common for us as a McDonalds!
At home the 'Golden Arches' are always a jump, hop, and a skip away! Here in Nicaragua, McDonalds is a true luxery that most of these kids will never experience in their lifetime!
These gifts, trip and experience would not be possible if it wasn't for our child sponsors like Danny & Sharon.
After our trip, we stopped at Randy's house to drop him off and catch up with his family. Sharon's eyes filled with tears as Randy's mother asked her if she would walk Randy down the isle for his 6th grade graduation. Randy and his family call Sharon and Danny his 'American Parents'. Sharon and Danny both were humbled to be included in such an important honor. Most Nicaraguan children never finish school. Most of the children drop out before they graduate because their family can not afford to send them to school, provide the supplies necessary for school, or put food in their bellies. The kids usually end up on the side of the road selling small trinkets that barely bring in enough money to put food on the families table. Randy would not be able to continue to attend school if it were not for Sharon and Danny. When you sponsor a child, you give that child the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education. Keeping children in school is allowing them a chance for real change. For $1 a day, you are making a difference in their lives by giving them an education, nutrition and so many resources. If you want to change a child's life forever click here to see what children still need a sponsor.
Thank you Danny & Sharon for truly making a difference and changing Randy's life forever. -Amanda
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