|Cards prepared by Sunday School students for a visit to a local nursing home for Valentine's Day.|
When Celeste invited us, I remembered that when I was a child, the nuns at my school always had the students visit the local nursing home to sing. Was I a huge fan of it as a child? To be honest, no. As an adult however, I look back and see those visits as an important part of developing empathy. As a mother, I welcomed the opportunity to show my daughter that I value being kind to others by my actions instead of just telling her how important it is. I mentioned how much I liked this idea to the religious ed. coordinator at our church and she decided that we'd have all the kids in our program make Valentine cards for a local nursing home and we'd do a tour and visit them together as a project. Isn't that great?! My friend Celeste got the ball rolling and for the last several years, because of her, a whole other nursing home in our town, has been getting a big bunch of flowers and cards and a visit at Valentine's time. My Sunday School kids have been making cards for the last few weeks and will be making them this Sunday before we go to the nursing home.
At the nursing home, we will have a bunch of carnations and cards for the kids to hand out. We will also stop and do 2 "concerts" in the different wings of the nursing home = the kids perform 3 songs. They sing "You are my Sunshine", "If you are happy and you know it" and the third song changes. Even toddlers all seem to know "You are my sunshine" and "If you are happy and you know it."
I know this isn't a new idea, but I thought I'd throw it out there in case other folks might like the idea the way I did, but also forgotten about it or not thought of it. It doesn't have to be a Sunday school thing. My friend, Celeste, organized a group of friends (plenty of whom were not religious at all) to visit the first time for Halloween. It is just an act of kindness for folks who may be lonely and could use a little sunshine in their lives. And it is very easy to do. Just call a local nursing home up and I am sure they will be glad to set a time for a visit. The people who work at nursing homes really enjoy these visits because it breaks up their day with a little sunshine, too. I think it is a great addition to our holiday celebration.
WRITTEN BY ELDAROSE