What could be better on a hot summer day than eating a cold ice cream cone? That ice cream cone is enhanced significantly if you have been running and playing hard outside. This is a common series of events for most of us from our childhoods, but it virtually never happens for some young friends of mine.
As Global Partners in Life tries to provide for the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China by meeting their medical, educational, and humanitarian needs, we also want to provide some fond memories for them of their youth. The children don’t get to go outside and play very often, because there aren’t enough workers at the special needs orphanage to keep a watchful eye on all of them.
Having said that, all of the children got very excited when the leader of the orphanage told them to get their shoes on because they were going outside to play. There were shouts of joy and a rush to the door where they keep their shoes, and some tried eagerly to be the first one out the door.
After the children had been playing for a while, I walked to a local store and bought several different flavors of ice cream and returned to the children. The children were allowed to choose which flavor of ice cream cone they wanted, and it was a big decision for them! Some even made their selection, but brought it back after thinking about it a little more, and chose another one.
The ice cream was an inexpensive thing, but a huge treat for the children. The exchange rates allows us to have an even greater buying power there . . . even for some unexpected ice cream!
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