Present Surprise!

Dayana lives in El Salvador. She loves to receive gifts for Christmas “because they are pretty and that makes [her] happy.” Some children who live in poverty, like Dayana does, don’t receive presents or new toys because their parents can’t afford them. But Dayana and other sponsored children do! “In the Compassion center, I get a Christmas gift every year,” Dayana says. 

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Are those her presents??? She’s been telling me they are! Katherine, 8 Altoona, IA

Aww! What a present (pleasant) surprise!

Rhema, 9 Concord, NC

333333!22222!111111! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!! Which present should I dive in to first?

Elizabeth, ten sandpoint idiho

Presents are amazing! But Boxes are even more FUN!

Hattie, 13 Prairie Grove, Ar

You forgot the tissue paper!

Georgina, 9 Chiliwack, BC

Thank you Compassion!!!

Lydia, 10 Jacksonville, NC

Dayana’s mom: Sweetie look at all of these presents!
Dayana:Yeah but which ones the best ? *smirks*

Izzy, 11 Murdock, Nebraska

Happy Christmas Jesus, God and Holy Spirit.

Alana, 8 Lake Geneva, Wis.

Surprise! Wait, where did everybody go?!?!

Darcy, 11 Choctaw, Oklahoma

Merry Christmas! Now, where’d the snow go?

Baptiste, 9 Ashtabula, Ohio

you scared me!!!

Connie, 11 korea

Thank you for surprise!!!!!

jane, 11 daegu, south Korea

Music: 🎶All I want for Christmas Is-🎶
Dayana: Me!

luke, 11 Jersey City, NewJersey

Happy Birthday! Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy New Year! Happy Valentines Day! Happy 4th of July!

Kate, 14 Valley Center, California

Merry Christmas Dayana!

Caroline, 11 Brooks, Ga

I LOVE these presents, but may I get out of this box?

Whitney, 12 Gilberts, IL

what a present surprise!

Ruthanna, 12 Purcell M.O.

Surprise! Wait, this isn’t el Salvador. Where did they ship me?!

Sarah, 11 Reedley C.A.

Hey Mom! Merry Christmas! It’s your blessing from the Lord!

Sebastian, 11 Medow Lakes, AK

Seeing Dayana so happy must give Jesus even more joy than it gives me. I’m so happy for Dayana!

Myla, 11 Gladwin, Michigan

Hi! I’m Dayana! I hope you need another kid!

Abigail, 11 Germantown, MD

Wrapping yourself up is a lot harder than it looks!

Lucy, 11 Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Walah! Your presents have arrived!

Norah, 11 Beavercreek, OR

Hey mom I am the best present of all right

Ella, 11 Tupelo Mississippi

Presents galore!!!

Lauren, 10 Goshen, IN

God is with you in all that you do

Rose, 14 San Diego

hey I wanted a brother not a sister.

Claire, 10 Tolland CT

Hey Mum! Look at your cool present! It’s me!!!

Georgina, 7 Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Are there presents all for me? But there is so many how could they be all mine?

Esther, 11 Lawrenceburg ky

Pop! Goes the weasel!

Carly, 11 Katy Texas

We’re just going on a trip around the world! See you next year, mom!

Moriah, 9 Cincinnati,Ohio

Children are a gift from God!

Ellie, 9 Fort Worth TX

It’s Christmas in El Salvador. Dayana loves gifts!

Evelyn, 8 Pendleton, OR

Christmas makes me happy when i am in El Salvador.

Reuben, 11 Pendleton, OR

And now for your greatest present… me!

Laz, 8 Denton, TX

Boo! I’m a present too!

Cai, 10 Denton, TX

Are these all for ME?!

Melrose, 12 Murray, KY

presents make me pleasant

Amelia, Jonah, Mason, Scarlett, Hudson, 12, 10, 9, 8, 6 lancing Mi

i have a { gift} of surprising people

amelia, 12 lansing mi

I mean… Merry Christmas!

Alayna , 12 Lancaster PA

“Surprise!!!!!” -Dayana “Huh?! Wha-?!?! Oh, its you.”

Emma, 10 Glendale, AZ

Very gifty!

Melody, 6 Houston, TX

Help! I’m drowning in my presents!

Akari, 9 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“I love presents so much I think I’ll be one!”

Sean, 12 Palmyra, Virginia

“Finally, I thought you were never going to unwrap me!”

Juliana, 13 Westmoreland, NY

” Here I am, did you notice I was missing? “

Sean, 11 Westmoreland, NY

I LOVE Christmas!!!

Claire, 5 Springfield, VA


sage, 9 Columbia M.O

Look at these! I’m going to share them with all my friends!!!!!!

Alethea S., 10 Orrville, OH

Christmas surprise!

Rachel, 8 West Melbourne, FL

Yay! I finally get to sit in a big box!

Lucy, 12 Bellevue ID

One, Two, Three, and Four, Five, Six, Seven, and a Gift from God!

Kyla, 11 Erie, Colorado

I’m the best gift of all!

Sabre, 9 Westphalia KS

Merry Christmas every… Hey! Where is everyone?!

Juliette, 9 Sun River, MT

“I’m going to give these to my friends and neighbors!”

Analise, 11 Goshen, IN

“Good tidings (I) bring to you and your kin! (I) wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Selah, 14 Goshen, Indiana

Out of all these gifts, I am the best one! But who’s the greatest gift of all?

Hannah, 13 Matthews, NC

Didin’t you know I was a over grown wind up doll?

Alexandra, 9 Waterbury

um… mom a little help getting out of this box.

zoey, 11 IL

Ta da

Chloe, 11 Columbia M.O

“Time for presents,” Dayana’s parents called,
But where was Dayana?
Under chairs her parents crawled.
“Oh, where is Dayana?”
Now, where is she, they all ask me,
“What happened to Dayana?”
“Open up the big, big, box,” I gleefully sing,
But then the box sprang open with a delightful little ring.
Oh, there is Dayana!

Maiya, 12 Kingston, Ontario

Feliz Navidad!!!

Genevieve, 10 Fredericksburg TX

Seven gifts from the compassion center wrapped in colorful paper, and one beautiful gift from God in a bright yellow shirt!

Genevieve, 10 years Santa Rosa, California

your PRESENCE (presants) is a GIFT to me.

jensen, 10 manhattan ks

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8

Aliyah, 13 Fond du lac, Wisconsin

YAY! Pretty presents!

Alexis, 8 Springfield, MO

There once was a girl in a box,
What will she find? maybe socks?
The sky is blue,
And she’s super happy too,
It’s good that she didn’t find rocks!

Lincoln, 13 Calgary, AB

“And…that’s a wrap!”

Sophia, 9 Rainier, WA

“My present to you is me! Wait, I’m not even supposed to be in here.”

Ella, 8 Cedar Rapids, IA

“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Get who?”
“Get me out of this box, it’s cramped!”

Addy, 9 Cedar Rapids, IA

I get a Christmas gift every year, but this time I am one!

Brooke, 8 Monument, Colorado

Who wants a Jack-in-the-Box! I’m a great one!

Abigail, 11 Carol Stream

“Look how many presents I got, inside the biggest one is…me?

Nathanael, 13 Carol Stream, Illinois

In the past, in the PRESENT, in the future!

Kendrick, 8 Souderton, Pa

One and only, wrap me up!

Brock, 6 Souderton, Pa

I’m a Christmas tree!

Emily, 9 Chambersburg, PA

“This one is a doll, this one is a stuffed animal, this one is playdough and clay, and this one is me!”

Katelyn, 10 Monument, Colorado

Look how many presents I got!

Jared, 8 Kutztown, PA

I want to look at my great present but I have to look happy in front of all these people.

Micah, 11 Kutztown, PA