So, I proposed an idea to my middle school Bible class. Earn 20TL ($10) somehow...forego a Christmas present, do an extra chore, fast for a meal. Buy some basic necessities for a family, wrap your gifts into a Christmas box, and deliver it with me on our field trip.
The kids were very excited. They tackled the assignment whole-heartedly. I don't think I've ever had a cleaner car or a more organized, clean house. They earned their money and went to spend it.
Though Firstborn is not in my class, she asked to join us that day, and I let her.
Blankets, food, socks, hats, candy. It all went into a box for someone we had not yet met.
My students began asking if they could do more than one box. Teachers and other students asked if they might send a few things. Soon, my class of 20 had over 35 boxes to deliver.