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What is the Value to a Child When Giving Is More Than a Material Gift?

Our goal is to keep the Christmas spirit as we welcome in a New Year. Each year during December, we emphasize being extra nice and take pleasure in ‘giving’ to others.

This year, I hope we can all keep the spirit of Christmas going throughout the year. The needs of humanity do not end with Christmas.

Children still need caring, loving parents to provide essential needs for them. Homeless people still need a warm place to sleep and a meal to eat.

Giving doesn’t have to be material; it can be as simple as giving encouragement, praise, and approval.

Here is a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte I recently ran across that I would like to share with you:

A Child Lives What He Learns

If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight.
If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice.
If a child lives with security, He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.

Children learn from and imitate so much of what they see. They deserve to see and know the gifts of love, hope, encouragement, and acceptance; and the chance to have full and joyful lives.

Each of us at Collins Home wishes you and your family a very Happy New Year. Be safe and enjoy the company of family and friends as the holiday season comes to a close.

Remember to keep the spirit alive in 2021. Thank you for loving Collins Home and helping to make a difference for hurting children and families in our community. You are a blessing!


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