Each year at KenCrest, we ask the families of the children in the E.I. Centers to tell us what they need. The goal is to provide joy to them in a season of giving. This year we had over 100 requests. It requires me to remember when in my life I was one meal away from hunger, needed two blankets to keep me warm in my unheated bedroom, and three dollars short.
I was never short on love, and people who mattered. I see parents, just like mine, who do what they can to make do for their children. It brings me joy to see us mobilized to help the parents provide. It builds in what we do every day at the Centers, teaching kids, helping the parents to learn how to be great support to their kids.
As we put clothes, boots, books and toys in shopping bags, we are preparing for a greater gift. Most of us are strangers to these families. They must be thinking “Why does someone, who doesn’t know me, want to do something nice for me and my kids?”
We do this to bring joy. We won’t to see it, but we know it is happening.