5 Gifts to Help Children Smile Again

Help for Traumatized Children

Children who experience traumatic events can suffer from nightmares, depression, anxiety, rage and shame. Here are five ways to help traumatized children around the world find healing and comfort.

1. Stuffed Animals ($5)

Stuffed animals have been shown to help children recover from trauma more quickly. Give a stuffed animal and comfort a child who desperately needs it.

Gleaning for the World (GFTW) gives out new or gently used stuffed animals to the youngest victims of poverty or natural disasters. Donate to GFTW here.

Samaritan’s Purse hands out soft, fuzzy lambs that play the “Jesus Loves Me” melody to children around the world. Children in hospitals and children who are blind especially treasure these lambs. Donate to Samaritan’s Purse here.

2. Blankets ($6)

A blanket is a practical way to protect a refugee or victim of natural disaster from the cold. It also provides emotional comfort. Give a warm blanket through Samaritan’s Purse for $6.

3. Soccer Balls and Sports Equipment ($8)

Playing soccer and other sports have been found to help people cope with trauma. The excitement of the game can distract from painful memories, and exercise in general helps encourage positive thinking. For $8, Samaritan’s Purse can provide children with soccer balls or other kinds of sports equipment.

4. Counseling ($40)

International Justice Mission (IJM) rescues and rehabilitates victims of human trafficking. Among the victims of trafficking are almost 2 million children who are exploited in the sex industry. Once they are rescued, these precious children still have to cope with the anger, hurt and confusion caused by years of abuse. Donate $40 to give an hour of trauma therapy to a child who has been rescued from sex trafficking.

5. Bibles ($10)

Children need to know that they are unconditionally loved by their Heavenly Father. For $10, World Help can give two Bibles or give ten children’s storybook Bibles. Let children know they are loved, they are precious and they are never alone.

Comment below with your thoughts! Thank you for your generosity!

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