Dear Friends of Soaring Wings Ranch,
Because you care, twenty-four children will celebrate a happy Thanksgiving!
At Soaring Wings Ranch our huge holiday feast includes our ranch family and children and lets us enjoy great food and fellowship while thanking God for the blessing of our family. 2016 bought SWR so many opportunities to be thankful, including the soon to open Strain Home for Infants and Preschoolers! Soon we will welcome children from birth through four years old, allowing more siblings to stay together at SWR. We prayerfully await the house parents, staff, and added monthly donors required to give these babies a chance.
This is truly my favorite time of year, but for some of the kids here at SWR, that is not the case. Christmas has been a very hurtful time in many of our children’s pasts. Often they have never enjoyed the family Christmas that we take for granted. More importantly, many have never celebrated the birth of our Savior.
I love the time spent with our ranch families down at the cabin on Christmas Eve. Gathered around the fireplace in the living room, we sing Christmas carols of praise to Christ. While sharing the Christmas story from the Bible, I remind the children of just how loved they are by Christ. By sharing the Gospel, I let them know that through Christ we all have the ultimate gift of eternal life. I wish you could hear their voices as they sing and see their faces as they hear the Christmas Story. It truly is a wonderful time.
And as with most children, they enjoy opening their gifts on Christmas morning (some on Christmas Eve). Our house parents excel at listening to and shopping for the children. We spend $350 per child for Christmas at SWR. $300 goes toward Christmas gifts for the child, $25 for the child to identify and purchase gifts for someone in need, and $25 for the children to buy their house parents gifts. If you would like to give any amount toward sponsoring a child, please do so either online at swranch.org or by mailing a check. Please select online or note in the memo line of your check “Children’s Christmas.” Your funds give our children a great Christmas. Thank you for giving them a chance.
Executive Director & Founder
Soaring Wings Christian Home & Ranch