Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas at the Women's Shelter

For a couple of months, Tyler and I have been volunteering at a women's shelter for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. Today, we attended a Christmas event for the children that included lunch, Christmas cookie decorating, and Secret Santa gift giving. Going to the shelter and seeing the women and children's smiling faces brings us so much joy each time we go. Christmas isn't celebrated here to the extent it's celebrated in America, but we definitely got our dose of the Christmas spirit this afternoon. 

First, everyone ate a delicious lunch of pizza and spaghetti. As you can see, the children thoroughly enjoyed the spaghetti. 

Next, we helped the children decorate Christmas cookies shaped like Christmas trees. With frosting, red and green sprinkles, M&Ms, chocolate cheerios, straw candy, and a gummy star for the top, the children created culinary masterpieces. I think it was many of the children's first experience decorating Christmas cookies, so the process was really fun to watch. 

Last, all of the children excitedly received and opened their Secret Santa gifts. Each volunteer was assigned to a child at the shelter and was asked to purchase gloves, a scarf, or a hat. 

Tyler and I bought a present for Kang Kyung-In, an adorable 5-year-old girl in our preschool class. Watching her open her gift was so heartwarming! 

Needless to say, we had an awesome afternoon and we are so fortunate to have shared a bit of Christmas with these amazing children. 

1 comment:

  1. That was so beautiful to read about! What a blessing you both are to those families!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! Love ya! Miss you a ton!!