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Thanks to the generosity of Cubes Self Storage of Salt Lake, we greatly appreciate the convenient, beautiful space to care for donations being stored for our upcoming projects.

Sky Candy Ninety years young, Colonel Gail Halvorsen is a retired career officer and command pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Known as the original Candy Bomber, or the "Rosinenbomber" in Germany, “Uncle Wiggly Wings” is remembered for piloting C-47s and C-54s during the Berlin airlift (also known as "Operation Vittles") during 1948-1949. No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. ~Jesse Jackson

On June 15, Halverson made two guest appearances to children from both the Salt Lake and Ogden Christmas Box Houses. Sponsored by Ragpicker.org, the Berlin Candy Bomber, who years earlier dropped hope, candy and other necessities to children in war-torn Berlin, once again brought joy to children in need. Rising above Salt Lake City’s Harmony Park in a hot air balloon provided by the Bank of American Fork, Colonel Halvorsen dropped candy tied with make-shift handkerchief parachutes to eager children below.

Later in the day, children from the northern region were able to meet the Candy Bomber in person at the Ogden Amphitheater, where gatherers listened to his inpiring message, “Service Before Self.”

Candy Bomber Colonel Gail Halvorsen waves from the Bank of American Fork hot air balloon as he drops candy to Christmas Box children below

Many of the children left so inspired by this war hero’s service, they desired to learn more about the experiences and sacrifice of our servicemen and women because “if they are like the Candy Bomber, they are awesome.”

Inspiration...it’s in the bag The Wasatch Front Chapter of Childhelp, a national non-profit organization, was created to help stop child abuse and neglect. This group recently donated 40 “Art in a Bag” cinch sacks to The Christmas Box Houses, as well as provided an additional 180 for the State Youth Summit, whose theme was “Don’t Stop Believing,” which served teens who are preparing to age out of foster care. These knapsacks are filled with creative tools to promote healing through art. They include an assortment of therapeutic art supplies and a stress ball. These sacks will be given to the children when they leave The Christmas Box House.

Childhelp participants deliver Art in a Bag

Funds for these bags were raised by students in our community, including Lehi High School. 6th grade students from Renaissance Academy also contributed by donating their Halloween candy to a local dentist. He “bought” their candy from them for $300, which they used to purchase items for the bags. These were delivered to The Christmas Box House by talented student leaders from Lehi High, who also performed musical numbers for the children when they made their delivery.

ride on! Many generous motorcycle riders have come together to support The Christmas Box International through a myriad of fundraising rides. We would like to thank ABATE as well as their partnering motorcycle clubs who make donations for the children and youth…ride on!

With a blast of confetti and plenty of silly string, SL CBH staff member Amy Nate gets Jazzy with The Jazz Bear during his surprise visit to the SL CBH

CBI Newsleter SUMMER 2011  

The Christmas Box International partners with local, national and international communities and groups to prevent child abuse and to improve...

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