Entries in love (3)

Wednesday
Jul252012

Video: The Good Neighbor

 

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1e

Story, art, and animation by Zebtoonz Productions.
© 2012 by Zeb Toonz. Used by permission.

Download available at Worshiphouse Kids.

Wednesday
May042011

Acting God

“There you are, Helen,” her mother said, as Helen wandered through the front door. “I was wondering about you.”

Eight-year-old Helen had stood on the train station platform, watching the soldiers disembarking from the compartments and being greeted by cheering friends and family. World War II had finally ended and many soldiers were returning to their homes and countries. Helen had imagined how nice it would have been if her father would have gotten off that train too. But she knew that wouldn’t happen. Her father had died in the war.

“I was watching the soldiers return. All the families were so happy to be together again. Some people were singing. There was even a girl my age greeting her daddy.”

World War II

In terms of lives lost and destruction, World War II is considered to be the most devastating war in history. It began as a European conflict, but soon grew to include most nations of the world. It lasted for four years, and ended in 1945.

“Even though Daddy didn’t come home,” Helen added. “I’m so glad the war is over!”

“Me too,” her mother replied as she hugged her daughter.

“Would you mind putting on the water to boil for tea?” her mother asked. “Supper is almost ready.”

Helen filled the gray kettle with water.

“While at the train station I was thinking…,” she hesitantly began.

“About …?”

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Saturday
Jul312010

Eight Years Old and Making a Difference!

Eight-year-old Abby Enck thought of an inventive way to raise money for purchasing crayons for children receiving hospital care. Read the following article to find out how she did it:

8-Year-Old Girl Creates Charity Lemonade Franchises

By Kate Allt  

Chicago, IL – Plenty of elementary school kids run lemonade stands during the summer. Few turn those lemonade stands into charitable franchises that help sick kids.

But 8-year-old Abby Enck found a way to use her refreshing entrepreneurial enterprise to bring some color into the life of her 6-year-old brother Cameron and his cohorts at Lutheran General Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge. Cameron was born with Cerebral Palsy.

“It’s hard sometimes to have a sibling with a disability, but Abby is a really great sister,” Abby’s mother Becki Enck said. “I’m amazed by her everyday. She’s a very giving, thoughtful, gentle person.”

Cameron was diagnosed with the disease when he was just one week old. Big sister Abby has accompanied him to almost all of his appointments, and she noticed that the kids at the hospital liked coloring.

So when Abby made $4.50 from selling delicious lemonade to neighborhood locals, she decided use the money to buy 36 boxes of Crayons for Cameron and the other kids at the hospital.

“Cameron’s doctor loved it,” Abby said. “I really like to color, and I thought the kids would love it too.”

When 2010 rolled around, Abby thought she could best last year’s donation. So rather than sling lemonade on her own, she created “lemonade kits” consisting of a bottle of water, a packet of lemonade and a homemade tag that explained her goal. Abby made 52 kits and recruited family and friends to help sell them for $1 each.

The franchise idea turned out to be Crayon boom-town, and Abby has been able to purchase 869 boxes of Crayola Crayons so far this year. She hopes to make it to her goal of 1,000 boxes in the next few weeks.

Officials at Lutheran General are thrilled.

“What’s special about this donation is that she took it upon herself and made it personal,” Lutheran General communications manager Nate Llewellyn said.

It doesn’t hurt that the kids at Lutheran General love using the gifts.

“Coloring is a great creative outlet for kids,” Llewellyn said. “It helps them work through any issues they may be going through and take their mind of metal or physical pain. It really creates a sense of home, safety and comfort for them.”

Becki said Abby handled the whole operation herself: She created a to-do list, compiled a list of family and friends that she planned to reach out to, designed a company logo on the computer and came up with a slogan: “If life gives you lemons, COLOR!”

The whole experience has been good for Abby and Cameron.

“She used to be very shy, but this is really bringing her out of her shell,” Becki said. “She wants to share and this is something exciting that she can be recognized for.”

Abby says the best part about making the kits is buying and donating the Crayons. When her mother asked what she had learned from the project, the 8-year-old replied, “Everybody can make a difference”.

Abby will deliver the next batch of Crayons to Lutheran General on July 25. In the meantime, she continues to be a supportive, caring sister.

“Whenever Cameron is having issues, she always says things will be okay,” Becki said.

Cameron’s treatments include a demanding set of therapy sessions that focus more on cognitive work than physical rehab. The sessions work to progress Cameron’s developmental capabilities. The doctors and therapists at Lutheran General have taught Cameron to play with toys, try new things and sign words like “thank you,” “more” and “please.” And Cameron continues to learn, with his sister always by his side.

“She really puts the saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ into practice,” Becki said. “She is always looking on the bright side.”

The bright side for Cameron is that he’ll join his sister in elementary school when he enters first grade next year. Abby will surely help him along the way: She says she wants to be a special education teacher.

“We are so proud of her, and we know that whatever she does, she’ll go onto great things,” Becki said. “She’s just got a great compassion for people.”

Abby already has big plans for next year. She’s going to upgrade from handing out Crayons to handing out DVDs. How refreshing!

NBC Chicago • Friday, July 16, 2010

While others might be surprised that someone so young would care enough to take the initiative in helping others—we’re not! We know there are plenty of you out there sharing love and caring for those around you.

So if you have an idea of a way to help someone, even if it seems like a small act, do it anyway. Remember that while Abby started out small, her little experiment grew from there. Kind deeds have a way of growing and being reflected in the hearts of others. And what you do will make a difference!

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Compassion-1a

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