Refugee Burmese Children from Utica Int'l Adventist School

LutheranCare's Gifts for Little Givers

The Burmese students from the Utica International Adventist School were the recipients of special gifts on January 9th, 2009.
The Residents' Red Hat Society has in past years picked a local children's charity to donate wrapped gifts to at Christmas time. This year, Alesia Bona, the Red Hat's president suggested that we choose the Burmese children for our gifts.
The program was titled "Gifts For Little Givers" reflecting the impact that these Burmese students have had on our residents of LutheranCare through their smiles and songs and just happiness for being here on several occasions.
So, the program was set up with the help of the Therapeutic Recreation and IT dept's where a 'giving tree' was formed through the company intranet allowing staff and visitors to choose a child to buy a gift for, turn it in to be wrapped, and given to the children by the residents of the Red Hat Society.
The party was held on Friday morning. The students came in and sang several songs, then were given their gifts to open, while cake and punch was served to all attending.
"I really just wanted us to give them something special because they have brought us so much joy when they come in and sing for us!" stated Alesia.
They plan to return once a month throughout the school year, and the residents will welcome them will open arms!

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