Six-year-old Alyssa Branson, a Kindergarten member at the Post Falls (Idaho) Church, went on a mission trip to the Philippines in May.
When her Sabbath School class heard Alyssa and her mother were going to visit the Philippines, they bought toys and goodies to send to the children at International Children's Care, which was a part of their planned itinerary.
Joan Santee, Alyssa's Sabbath School teacher, also asked the church family to join in the special mission project. In response, church members gave cash donations to buy other things the children might need and would enjoy.
On May 2, 35 ICC children, with staff members and their children, excitedly gathered for a special program. Dovelyn Navacilla, social worker, gave the welcome to the two American missionaries.
Following music and a story, the program concluded with distribution of colorfully wrapped gifts. With big smiles, the children and staff received their surprise presents from the Post Falls Church family.
The children at the ICC facility were grateful for the visit, program and special gifts. One of the girls wrote, "Thanks for coming for a visit. Words can't express my gratitude ... I love you all."