We began the 2017 Season of Giving with our K-6th grade program 'Chain of Kindness'. We read the book Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt, which is about two young girls that like to laugh and play in the park, but one unfortunately does not have any food in her refrigerator and often goes hungry. When Sofia finds this out about her friend, Maddi, she devises ways to get Maddi the food her and her family need.
We also briefly discussed a portion of the book Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller. We talked about how the rabbit in the book can be considerate to his new otter neighbors regardless of their differences.
This began a discussion of all the kind things and good deeds the children have done. From something small such as saying 'thank you' to others, to helping mom make dinner, to volunteering time at the Southampton Animal Shelter. We began our very own 'Chain of Kindness'. Currently displayed in the Children's Room, feel free to come by and add your own link!
We are also going to continue the good deeds this month, into December with a Toys for Tots Donation box. We are currently collecting brand new toys, in the original packaging. Please do not wrap them up! Toys for Tots is a donation program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the toys will be donated to children who aren't fortunate enough to have families that can afford holiday gifts.
On December 5th, we will have our No Child Left Inside program at Mike's Christmas Tree Farm where we will get our tree for our annual Mitten Tree donation drive. We will be collecting throughout December, brand new or handmade mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats for both children and adults. These items will be donated to the Church of St. Rosalie and then distributed to children and adult in the Hampton Bays area who are in need in the upcoming cold months.
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