My friend, Marion, who is the busiest retired lady I know called and said she needed my help with the gift wrapping for the students at The Leaven. This is an after school program for students where they get help with their homework and so on. There is much more to this program. This is a local program for now but it would be great to see this in many cities. Here is information about The LeavenÂ and I hope it's helpful.
The students earn points/money and they held their Christmas shopping on Friday, December 11. I am not exactly certain how many students attended. They were all so excited and well behaved. Each child took a number as they arrived then received their earned money for shopping. All the items for purchase were donated by members of the community. There were some lovely items and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the students and wrapping these gifts. The students were so pleased with their selections. They bought gifts for members of their family and friends.
This was a fun and rewarding experience. Reminds me that it is better to give than to receive.
Have a wonderful holiday season.