Christmas Fundraiser!!!

It’s that time of year again!! So excited to be a part of making over 400 children in Romania have joy this Christmas season. Of course, this isn’t possible without YOUR help so please consider sponsoring a child so they have a gift to open on Christmas! This is the ONLY gift these children will receive, as they are all living in extreme poverty. Here are some of the areas these children are living in.

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We have met with all of the children individually and helped them write a wish list for Santa. Now we need YOUR help to either financially cover the cost of their gifts or if you’re local to Bucharest, shop and wrap their gifts for them.  These children are asking for basic stuff like winter clothes and shoes to deal with the harsh cold season ahead, but they are also asking for gifts like we asked for growing up, remote control cars, dolls, and coloring books.  Here is one of the letters to Santa from a 3 year old girl asking for a doll, clothes and a toy car.

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If you are local to Bucharest, below is an example of what your sponsorship email will look like.  You will also be sent a more in depth information sheet about the sponsorship!

 

If you would like to donate from abroad, please follow this GoFundMe Link and consider donating $25/20GBP to cover the costs of the gifts, wrapping supplies and delivery fees.

https://www.gofundme.com/homelesschildrenchristmasgifts

Please email me directly (camillacroxton@gmail.com) if you are local to Bucharest and interested in shopping for the gifts or if you are a talented and speedy wrapper! There is so much to do before we start delivering the gifts that any help is welcome!

 

Thank you in advance,

Camilla

 

 

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Market of Hope + Vanessa’s Trip

How is it November already? I have no idea but it is and Christmas is approaching quickly so before I have frequent updates about my Christmas fundraiser I thought I would write about a few exciting things happening this month!

For those of you that don’t know, I have an advocate at my church who I can turn to for fundraiser help, prayer, and support when I am visiting America. My advocate is Carolin, the BEST advocate even though I don’t know the others. Rolling Hills Covenant Church does a Market of Hope every year to sell things for countries in need or ministries in need. I remember going to the Market of Hope when I was a child and loving it! I would get to buy a goat for a family in Africa, or medicine for a child in Columbia and everything in between.  This year Carolin set up a Romania booth to sell things for some of the families I work with here.

Although it was kind of last minute, the booth looked great with pictures of the children, the flag and lots of information! Carolin was even interviewed on RHCC’s Facebook live to give more information and was so knowledgable about the Roma community and Romania in general- I was so proud!! I have always struggled with feeling like very few people in our VERY large church don’t know enough about what I am doing in Romania, or even that I am IN Romania, so its great to know that dozens more people are being informed about this country and what we are doing here!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to talk about Romania, the ministry, me and how they could help but especially to Carolin who put so much into this booth and learning about Romania and this ministry!

Market of Hope is still open for 2 more weekends so please stop by and donate!

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With all that is going on with preparing for Christmas and dare I say, summer camps 2018, I am still finding time to start preparing for Vanessa’s visit. Vanessa is coming to stay with me for two weeks before Christmas to help serve, wrap, shop, and deliver gifts to over 400 children. I always feel so overwhelmed in December because there is so much going on and I am so excited for her to come lighten the load! Heres a brief message from Vanessa!

Hey friends, family, and supporters of Camilla! I was briefly introduced in the last blog post but my name is Vanessa and I am from Camilla’s hometown of Torrance, CA! This December I will be traveling over to Romania to spend two weeks with Camilla and join her in the ministry she does. This will be my third time in Romania, but will look very different than the past trips I have taken out to Romania. In the past I went with Rolling Hills Covenant church high school group as a student and then this June with the college group. This December I will be making the journey alone. It is very nerve wracking for me but I know it is what God is calling me to do. I am very excited to take this huge leap out of my comfort zone and even more excited for how God is going to work and grow me in these times. While in country I will be helping Camilla with all the ministries she works with during the chaos of the holidays and hosting a team! I am very eager to learn more about what Camilla does from a different perspective than usual and learn more about the people of Romania. Fundraising wise I am in need to raise about $1800. Currently I have $1300, so I am getting there! I will be heading out to Romania on December 8th and coming back to the US on the 22nd, so please keep me in your prayers! Excited to update you guys with more as this journey continues!

Vanessa is very close to meeting her fundraising goal! Please consider donating to help bring her to Romania! Here is the GoFundMe link:

https://www.gofundme.com/romania-december-2017

 

The next week is going to be crazyyyyyyy busssssy for me, but in a good way! Its time to launch my Christmas sponsorship fundraiser. Getting over 120 children Christmas gifts from all over Romania, America and England is a tough task but so so so worth it! Excited to spread the news and give YOU the opportunity to bless a child this Christmas.

Information. Coming. Soon!

Blessings from (freezing) Bucharest!

Camilla

Thompson Family Visit!

What a fun (and tiring!) week it was with my cousin Vivianne (Okay, fine.. VIV!) and her family.  Not only was I able to show them the gorgeous countryside and mountains of Romania, but also the great food and nightlife of Bucharest. But most importantly, the reason I am here… we went to visit some of the families in our homeless communities and drop off clothing donations brought over from England. They arrived at the perfect time weather wise and we crammed so much in I feel like they don’t NEED to come back (but i HOPE they will!)  Here’s just brief look at some of the things we did while we were out of Bucharest.

The first few days we were in Brasov, Bran and Sinaia to not only visit castles, but to enjoy the beautiful mountains, changing leaves, and perfect weather!

 

After a few days of hiking, castle visits, amazing meals, and beautiful scenery, we headed back to Bucharest.  The Thompson’s brought out tons of clothing donations so after a morning of sorting the clothes into age for a specific family. We then headed out to deliver them! I am kind of used to my living room looking like a Salvation Army but here is proof. Also, please ignore the crooked frame, it annoys me too.

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Off to deliver clothing to a family that has seven child, the oldest five attend school.  This, unfortunately, is a very uncommon situation with a family we have just started working with. They actually want and are fighting for a better future for their children.  Hope Rescue Centre is very excited to assist this family with the needs they have, buying school books for their children, gas to heat their one room and cook with, and of course, winter clothes for the upcoming snow season.

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The Thompson’s were all surprised at despite their living situation, how clean, respectable and “normal” the children looked. If we would have seen them at the park, we would have thought they were from a middle class family in Bucharest. I told them this was uncommon and assured them at our next stop, India, the children would look and behave much differently. They did not disappoint!

Dropping off the clothes at India was completely different as I knew it would be. James basically opened the suitcase and the kids stormed the car and took as much as they could grab.  Even if it was one sock or one glove, they happily grabbed it and ran home to safety!  Although it was wild, the children were still excited to have new clothing to prepare them for winter.

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And of course, I can’t finish this blog without a few thank you’s! First of all for the Thompson family for coming to visit! For those of you that don’t know, I grew up with all of my family living thousands of miles away in England, so the fact that my cousin can and wants to come out and visit is a huge blessing for me. I love having visitors but I have LOVED their flexibility, adventurous spirit (even if it does mean waking up at 7am to go hike) and especially their immediate love for the families I work with. Thank you James, Vivianne, Melissa and Lara for an amazing week and for all of your help!

And secondly, to the families of Royal Russell school and The Minors Nursey School who generously donated clothing and money to help these families.  Families you haven’t met, yet still care for. It is overwhelming for me to see people from so far away care about these children and want to help in anyway they can.  There are plenty more opportunities to do so and I hope these photos and stories from the Thompson’s encourage you to continue supporting these families from afar. Thank you so much!

 

Until next time,

Blessings from Bucharest,

Camilla