Santa came early to deliver a special Christmas gift to the children, as well as the teachers, at Norfolk’s P.B. Young Elementary School on December 18th. P.B. Young is one of the poorest schools in Virginia.
The gifts were new, warm, winter coats, mufflers, hats, gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to keep the 540 children who walk to school each day safe from the cold. Along with the clothing were 540 goodie bags containing candy, toiletries, pencils and the latest DVD from CBN’s Super Book project.
The hard-working teachers were also treated to gift cards in thanks for all they do. This was all topped off with a pizza and drink party in each classroom.
The early Christmas gifts were given by CBN’s Orphan’s Promise, dedicated to helping orphaned and vulnerable children in over 50 countries internationally, as well as domestically.
Founder and Director, Terry Meeuwsen became aware of the need of children at P.B. Young after her yearly involvement with The United Way campaign at CBN.
The effort was coordinated with Young’s school Principal, Alana Balthazaar, along with United Way CEO, Carol McCormack as a part of the United For Children outreach in Norfolk.
According to Ms Balthazaar, many of the children at P.B. Young miss school during the cold months as they all walk to school and many do not have the clothing to protect them from the harshness of cold weather.
Terry asked the generous folks she works with at CBN to get involved and they donated half of the coats. Others were purchased by Orphan’s Promise and many of the scarves were made by hand with the help of the OP staff and some of their children. “It was like an old fashioned quilting bee”, Terry said when they all gathered around her kitchen table and set to work.
Arranging for the right size coat, coordinating scarf, etc. for 540 children was an organizational task that took weeks in the planning and implementing.
CBN’s chapel was piled high with coats, scarves, gloves, goodies and more, and it was up to the volunteers to pick a class and shop for each child, assemble a bag and gather all of the items together for each class.
The excitement factor and the faces of the children told the story of the reason for the season – loving your neighbor. A special thank you to all who support Orphan’s Promise who helped make this outreach possible!