Christmas this season has been one of giving for children at Nelson Christian Community School. Rather than spending countless hours on an exciting Christmas musical, students have been active in their community. But are they really making an impact? Let’s see.
Ask the youth living in transitional housing: Did they like the stockings children enthusiastically prepared for them? Incidentally, children are learning that difficulties come into everyone’s lives and we need to demonstrate affection through what we do.
How about the Christmas wreaths made by little hands using cedar boughs, which were laid on doorsteps in our neighbourhood?
And consider those living in a local emergency shelter, for whom children have written earnest Christmas cards.
A chilly afternoon ringing the kettle for the Salvation Army while singing carols on Baker Street was also important in joining forces and learning from a generous organization.
Amidst the excitement of Christmas celebrations, listen to how kids are proud of their efforts to spread Christmas joy in this wonderful community:
“I’m happy that we can hand out stockings because it’s what Jesus would want us to do,” Emily said.
“I think it was kind to help people who don’t have an actual Christmas with family — it made me feel happy,” said Izaak.
“It’s kind of exciting!” said Lucas.
“I think it showed me that serving is not just something you do; it actually makes a difference,” said Emily.
“To some people it puts a spark in their eye and can change their lives knowing that someone did that out of their own will,” said Simone.
“It was fun… but we’re also being a help to some other people,” said Lily.
“I makes me happy to make them happy,” said Zach.
It appears that impacting others is ultimately impacting young hearts.