Friday, September 03, 2010
To China with Love
I've been working with Ann at RedThread on a care package for Shen Jia Wen since last week when we received our approval. It's finally been sent!
We decided to send a soft photo book so that Shen Jia Wen will be somewhat used to what each of us looks like before she actually meets us. I have discovered through other blogs that the staff at Shenyang orphanage will allow the children to have photo books. I've heard that many orphanages don't give the child the care package contents until the day they meet their new parents, some not at all. Others will give only certain items. So, knowing that our daughter will find out that she has a family and that she will be given our photo book was a great comfort to me.
For various reasons we decided not to send other personal items such as toys or clothes at this point. We did include a disposable camera for the staff to photograph Shen Jia Wen in her environment with her friends and caretakers. This will probably be returned to us when we are in China. Also, we sent a couple of boxes of cookies for Shen Jia Wen to share with everyone.
Finally, we included the following letter which Ann has translated into Chinese: