I can’t stop thinking about the documentary Mr. Wonderful and I went to last night called The Drop Box. You may not have even heard of this little film.
It grabbed me by the heart and wouldn’t let go for an hour and seventeen minutes.
The Drop Box is, in reality, a baby box. It was built by Pastor Lee in Seoul, South Korea so that people would have a safe place to leave their babies instead of abandoning them in the trash or on the street.
This movie wasn’t made decades ago. The actual Drop Box is still in existence.
My gorgeous oldest is adopted from Seoul, South Korea. So this movie was going to hit home for me no matter what. But I believe the location is irrelevant.
All over the world there are orphaned kids. I’m not even sure the reasons are important at this juncture. We have to worry about forever families for the current orphans before we can even get to the how or why questions.
This is a global emergency!
If you think I’m blowing things out of proportion let’s just consider the 400,000+ (statistics from the website childrenunitingnations.org) children in foster care in our own country. Marinate on that number for a minute.
These are kids in a situation not of their own choosing. And that doesn’t include the runaways or the homeless.
Kids need forever families. A place where they can grow and thrive and know that someone loves them. That they are important to somebody.
I get that not everyone is called to be an Angelina Jolie. You might be saying you don’t have the time or finances. No problem.
There are still things you can do. Support adoptive/foster families in your area. This can look like bringing food or babysitting for them.
Donate your kids’ gently used toys, clothes, cribs, strollers, high chairs, and car seats to organizations specifically working with foster families.
Volunteer your time. Give money. Pray for these children.
Every life matters.
We can talk about over-crowded prisons or broken welfare systems or the homeless problems til we’re all talked out. In my very humble opinion, none of that talking will make a difference until we find homes for our children.
Am I reaching to think that finding kids loving forever homes might help the over-crowded prisons, the broken welfare system and the homeless problem? I don’t think I am.
You may disagree with me on that, but you can’t argue with 400,000 kids in the foster care system.
Please consider doing something. Anything. Because it will make a difference. And if all of us make a tiny difference in our own little corners of the world, it adds up.
For more information, visit thedropboxfilm.com
Copyright Meredith Shafer 2015