The Season of Giving…and Receiving

Tis the season of giving!

This year, Peregrine Discovery took part in a charity program to sponsor local families for the Christmas season. Our initial goal was to help cover the needs of two families which meant shopping, purchasing gifts from a wish list (to ensure they get what they needed) and wrapping them. Following the announcement, donations came pouring in from our amazing community and soon our entire floor was full of boxes and presents piled high (as if a it was a room from Santa’s workshop). We were so moved by the generosity and the overwhelming amount of goods that we made the decision to increase our support and in the end sponsored an additional 10 families for Christmas.

It was amazing to see, but soon the process became quite a large job. It was all hands on deck with regards to putting gifts together, organizing, sorting, and wrapping. The greatest surprise at Discovery was just how much the kids rose to the occasion, taking the time to handwrite and sign all the Christmas cards for the families, as well as wrap presents for each family member.

The best part was all of the conversations that took place during this process. The children chatted amongst themselves about how some families don’t have nice homes, money, or enough to buy food. They talked about how lucky they were to live in a warm house, with their own rooms, and their own toys. Listening to the conversation, I have to admit it pulled on my heart strings. They would ask me questions every now and then, as I could see they were trying to piece together a whole new perspective.

Questions like:
“Why do some families not have enough money?”
“What would they get for Christmas if we weren’t giving them anything?”
“Why isn’t there a mom or a dad in this family?”

Although some specific questions I do not have the answers to, I could see their understanding growing before my eyes. It’s true that tragedy has struck some of these families we were helping, and I wasn’t going to lie about that. Our Discovery kids, even for a glimpse, began to understand how lucky they are in this world, and to me, that was an amazing present.

During this holiday season, whether you choose to make a monetary donation or if you choose to purchase a gift, if you have children, I would encourage you to take the time to have a conversation with your child about who you are giving to, and why they need it. It feels amazing to donate, especially at Christmas time, and it also feels amazing to know you are raising a future generation to have compassion, empathy, and kindness.

It’s true what they say about giving,

 

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.

Jim Rohn

Article by Sara Machnik

Sara has been working with children for over 15 years holding a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Child and Youth studies and is an Ontario Certified Teacher, she is passionate about education and excited to be a part of its evolution.