Story of the Week 2/16/2016

Good Samaritan Gifts

By Chelsea Boston, Resource Specialist with the Good Samaritan Haven524274_364372736931939_1444251892_n

Here at the Good Samaritan Haven, we have a wonderful woman named Karen
Murray who comes once a month and leads the Guests in an art project. On December 8th, she came to the shelter with the supplies to make homemade Christmas cards. I put up posters a couple of days before to advertise it, but we didn't draw a very big crowd; only three Guests came and made cards with Karen and me. However, while the turnout was small, the experience was awesome. The Guests who were making cards with us were all parents, and they spent hours making cards for their kids. In the end, there were five beautiful, thoughtful, and intricate cards ready to give to the children for Christmas. I was extremely impressed with the Guests' creativity, and they were all very proud of their work. It gave them a chance to express themselves, and make a connection with the kids they're missing. Even more importantly, it gave them a chance to give their children a gift they're proud of, when they might not have had anything else to give. I am so grateful to have been apart of such an inspiring experience, and hope homemade holiday cards will become a tradition.

VHCB AmeriCorps is a program of the
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

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