Sunday, March 14, 2010
On Saturday we had our very first Birthday Party at Hudson River Housing--a transitional housing facility that provides housing, meals and transportation for homeless individuals and families in our community.
My family and some awesome friends and their families gathered up lots of party supplies to celebrate 7 birthdays for the children living there who have a birthday during March. We had facepainting and tattoos, playdough, coloring, a craft for kids and adults (covering notebooks in a patchwork pattern with scrapbooking paper--super fun!), beading, games and a play area for the smaller children. One of our friends made beautiful, delicious cupcakes for everyone--yum! It was a lot of fun and we're already getting ready for the next one coming up in April. :)
I have read so much about severe poverty and dire need around the world through this adoption process. We can give money, but I want to do more than that. I want to put action behind my thoughts and words. As a mom of young children, I have found that finding opportunities to serve has been challenging. :) A few years ago I saw a segment on TV about Birthday Wishes in Boston and thought that is seemed like such a cool idea--a practical way to serve people in your community in a way that every little child loves.
It is out of our desire to serve our community with our children along with the amazing hearts of my friends, that Sweet Birthdays has started. We are still so new at this, but I am excited about the opportunity to show love to children (and families) in a tangible way. Yet, I can already see, that maybe the biggest changes will be in my life as I meet new people and am stretched to do new things.
Thank you friends for your sweet hearts...
Posted by G at Sunday, March 14, 2010