Last week, Louise shared a story with the class, and it sparked a huge discussion. When walking with her Nana, they saw a “hopeless” person sitting on the ground, and they gave the person a chocolate croissant. The children all began to share stories about encounters they have had with people experiencing homelessness or being in need, and how they responded. Lou Lou remembered a time her mom gave something to a person outside of the grocery store but she wasn’t sure what it was. Margaret recalled passing a person on the sidewalk, but they didn’t have anything to give them so she just smiled at them.
This morning at sing a long, Blake Hall was filled with cots and for two weeks, the church’s outreach program will be sheltering individuals in our community who have no where to sleep at night. The children had many questions about the cots and at morning meeting we had a discussion about the people who were going to stay at the church, and what we might do to make them feel welcome.
Margaret: We can send them messages!
Grace: We can make things for them since they have dinners here. Like salad.
Kian: Sandwiches with salad, tomatoes, and cheese and cucumbers and Sunny D.
Rowan: And avocado.
Austin: We can give them beef.
Lou Lou: We can bake them a cake! And leave surprises next to their bed so it’s waiting for them in the morning.
Leigh: We can just make stuff out of collage and wrap it up like a Christmas present and put in in Blake hall next to their beds.
Grace: I have goodie bags from my birthday party at home and maybe they can carry stuff in my goody bags. But I might need to get them empty first cause they have more stuff inside.
Louise: We could get pretty fabric to make blanket for them in a big goody bag!
Leigh: We can make a house for them!
Austin: We can call a worker.
Elle: We can get them some money. Lots and lots of money and then they can buy a house with all that money.
We were so touched by the children’s empathy and generosity when sharing their ideas. The children had so many questions, so we reached out to Kurt from the church, and he will visit us to help answer some of our questions and let us know how we can help the people in the shelter. The most meaningful thing we can do is offer kindness, and that can look like some change, a little food or simply a smile.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.