What does a homeless child wish for at Christmas?
At this happy time of year, most children are excitedly waiting on Christmas morning, when they’ll sneak downstairs and see what has been left under the tree. Perhaps they’ve even made a simple wish list, asking Santa for a special toy they’ve had their eye on.
But when a poor or homeless child makes a wish list, what do they wish for?
Chances are they aren’t asking for toys. Homeless children wish for filling meals, a cozy bed, a house and for mom and dad not to have to worry so much. They wish for a warm winter coat and shoes that fit. They wish for happier times in the year ahead.
“These children aren’t choosing to be in a shelter, but for whatever reason, they are here,” says Claudine Smith, Chaplain at the Family Life Center. “Seeing the smiles on the faces of these kids when they open up their presents is priceless.”
This holiday season, you can help make Christmas wishes come true for poor and needy children in Middle Tennessee. Perhaps you can find some room on your Christmas shopping list to add a few items from the Mission’s Christmas Wish List for those living at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Your gifts fill empty hearts with joy.
Participate in the Mission’s “Present Drive” by dropping off an unwrapped gift at the Mission’s Donation Center NOW through Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Click here to download the full Christmas Wish List. The Donation Center is located at 616 7th Avenue South and is open Monday – Saturday from 7 am – 7 pm for your convenience.