Tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tiffany. I live in Minnesota, I’m married, and I have two little boys. They’re both attending a Spanish immersion school that is very culturally aware and we are actively involved in our church.
Who do you sponsor, and what can you tell me about them?
I sponsor 4 people… Queen, Samwell, Naomi, and Rasul. I don’t have a lot of information on any of them except Queen because I have been sponsoring her the longest, and I have more than one letter from her. Queen likes school, her favorite color is pink, and she’s a really good artist! And they are all so cute! I love their handwriting – they all have such good handwriting! And like, you can tell that it really matters to them, they don’t take their education for granted. Kids here don’t care about their handwriting and they take their education for granted, but these kids work really hard at it.
How long have you been sponsoring?
I think it’s been a year and a half… We started in April of last year. We were sponsoring two students the first year.
Your sponsorship funds come from your church. Tell me a little bit about that.
My church is Trinity Lutheran in Lindstrom, Minnesota. My kids both go to Sunday school there and I volunteer there. As part of that I was allowed to fill out an application for an outreach endowment. Last year they got a really big donation from a lady who passed away; since it wasn’t earmarked, half of it had to go to the endowment. So I filled out the application and got approved last year for two sponsorships and this year for four. I was hoping there would be some sort of a committee or group or something to be actively involved in it, but no. And that’s how I got involved.
How has sponsoring affected you and your children?
For my children, its affected them because they see the challenges that other kids face and it teaches them how important it is to help other people. They’ve written back and forth with the kids and that’s been really fun for them to write letters to kids so far away and get letters back from kids so far away.
For me, the money isn’t coming out of my pocket… but it still feels good to be helping people and it feels good to be teaching my kids it’s important to help people.
What do you like most about being a sponsor?
This is going to sound really dumb but getting mail from the kids, and seeing how they’re doing in school! I just love their handwriting; its super cute. I have one letter that just says, “I know math.”
What would you tell other people considering sponsoring a student?
I would say that they should absolutely do it – its worth their time and money to be helping kids, and it’s rewarding for you and the kids.