On Dec. 17, Pattaya ‘Friends of Youth’ hosted the first of 6 homes at Banglamung Boys Home to a Christmas Shopping Day.
We took them to the Big C store in North Pattaya, and gave each boy 200B to spend on anything they wanted. It did have to be Ok’d by the house parents, who also made sure that they stayed within budget. 19 boys and 10 staff members (house parents, teachers and drivers) enjoyed the event, as did the ‘FoY’. Kids, true to form, picked out toys, and some snack food they do not normally get.
Some of the boys and their helpers anxiously await the “go” signal to begin shopping.
10 club members went shopping with 4 boys in each shopping group, headed by a house parent and staff person. For many of these kids this was the first time that they have had any interaction with a westerner.
Ice cream – what a treat!
The behavior of the boys, whose ages ranged from 5 to 11 years, was impressive. The next day (Sunday) we did homes 2 & 3 with a total of 40 boys.
We will take homes 4, 5, & 6 on their shopping day in mid January. These boy’s are 12 to 20 yr olds.
If you live in this area and would like to become a part just drop a reply and we will be happy to get in touch with you.
If you would like make a donation (which would be very much appreciated) we would let you know where and how to send it.
A heartfelt thank you.
Santa even paid a visit.
Check-out time was as smooth as could be expected with so many boys.
The toy section was popular on the day.
Youngsters wait their turn.