During the Christmas holiday season, our Special Therapies team works with our youth on a generosity project where they can use their creativity to show care for others. Traditionally, this project has included decorating stockings for staff members at the Champaign County Nursing Home.
Christmas time—the time of year when you hear from family and friends, new and old, near and far, through Christmas cards. Along with holiday wishes, these cards often include photos and life updates which will undoubtedly carry even more meaning and sentiment this year.
BROOOOOKKKKEEEE! BROOOOKKKEEE! WHERE IS BROOKE?!" echoed loudly throughout the lobby of the Spiritual Life Center one afternoon.
It was obvious by his yelling that Jeremy* was anxious to find his friend Brooke, Associate Director of Advancement, and Chaplain Gay quickly pointed him in the direction of her office.
Leaves are changing and falling to the ground…days are getting shorter…nights are getting longer – sure signs that fall is here. But at Cunningham Children’s Home, we’re already thinking about Christmas. Why? Because with more than 450 youth to shop for, we have to start early! The holidays can be a challenging time for our kids, but with your support, we can make Christmas special for them.
For Christmas Eve service this year, Chaplain Gay decorated the worship table in the Spiritual Life Center in a special way -- with a gift she had received from one of our kids. During Wednesday night chapel service earlier this month, 12-year-old Mario* couldn't wait to give it to her.
"Mario ran up to me and said, 'I have something I want to show you,'" Chaplain Gay explained. "He had it wrapped in a gift bag with a note. It was a big deal to him and very, very sweet."
The note read:
Dear Chaplain Gay,
Jennifer Lane of Westville never imagined the ripple effect that would be created from what started out as a difficult conversation with her 10-year-old son, Carson. Because of some unfortunate circumstances in their life, Jennifer had to tell Carson that he would not be getting as much for Christmas this year.