The holidays are a great time for reflection and acknowledgement of the blessings we’ve been given. That being said, not everyone is as fortunate as we are. For many, there is no Christmas tree, celebration/big dinner with family, baking cookies, shopping or giving of gifts. The Christmas holiday is just another day for them. I would like to tell you a story about how we as a salon and foundation decided to help others this holiday season.
Deb Cleghorn is a 4th grade teacher at Green Forrest Intermediate School, Green Forrest, Arkansas. Christmas is just another day for students at Green Forrest Intermediate School. This is a very impoverished area. Most of the students (for reasons beyond their control) live with and are raised by someone other than their parents. Mostly grandparents who have very little and struggle to make ends meet. Over the years, Debb has shared examples with us of the hardships that these students face. Clothing for example. Many students do not have winter coats or the appropriate clothing to stay warm during the winter months. Shoes that a child has outgrown or worn out (with their feet exposed) but still wear because it’s all they have. Many students eat free breakfast and lunch at school. On Friday, quite a few children are given a backpack with non-perishable food items to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend. They lack the basic necessities that most of us take for granted. I’ve visited the school/my friend’s classroom and witnessed these conditions first hand.
Their circumstances weigh heavily on my heart with the Christmas Holiday approaching. It is hard to believe but most of the children at Green Forrest Intermediate School do not receive anything for Christmas. For them, the holiday is a just break from school. Most kids that I know are thrilled to have a 1-2 week break from school. But these children wonder what they will have to eat while they’re off. They don’t give much thought to Christmas gifts.
This year, we would like to purchase Christmas gifts for every child of Green Forrest Intermediate. As you can imagine this is a big undertaking in a short period of time. A listing of all students was obtained. Each child provided their coat size, shirt size, jean size and #1 toy they wanted for Christmas. On Friday December 16th we will be traveling to Green Forest to deliver the gifts we've purchased. While our organization has not met our desired goal, we still purchased the items we wanted for each individual child. We are asking if you have it in your heart to help us meet our final goals to send a monetary donations. On top of the Green Forest Intermediate school, we are also helping a local family as well as the Valeska Hinton family school in Peoria. We are going to be purchasing gifts for 5 children whose mother is battling cancer. We are also taking all donations for the school in peoria; clothes, toys, coats, etc. Our organization can only contribute to so much so we need all the help we can get to make a difference in these children and families. Checks may be made payable to Attitude for a Cause Foundation (501c3). Or if you’d like to purchase items you can contact us directly at attitudes & nail images in east peoria by stopping in to see what items are still desired. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation in this project.
By: Susie Kempf
Video Credits:Tom Page
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