My heart is particularly heavy today due to the horrible massacre of children in Pakistan. How Taliban terrorists could purposely target children in a school is beyond comprehension. Who can stand behind a gun and look at a child and pull the trigger? The death toll is 141, most of them children, and another 120 were wounded.
When I went looking for an older post to share today, I found this one that had been written by a former contributor to the online magazine I managed. Imelda Tatsch is the Executive Director at the Northeast Texas Child
Advocacy Center (NETCAC) located in Winnsboro, and her "Caring For Kids"
columns appears in their bi-monthly newsletter. This essay first ran in December 2009, and what a contrast it is to the horror in Pakistan. This is how children should be protected and treasured.
Now here's Imelda. She also makes the best cookies for my drama camp, so I thought we could all have one while we read. Enjoy...
Christmas is HERE! We just
finished off the last of the turkey leftovers and here we are just days
from the big day….Where time goes I do not know, but it sure seems to be
going there faster every year.
This year we have rarely heard
any good news on television or read anything hopeful in the newspapers.
With all that being said, I would expect very little in the way of help
for those in need. This is certainly not the case here in Northeast
Texas. At least not that I have seen in recent weeks.
If you are a
regular reader of these articles, you know that I work at the Child
Advocacy Center. Each year we see several hundred children from the
eight counties we serve. The children have possibly suffered either
severe physical or sexual abuse, or may have witnessed a violent crime.
Abuse is no respecter of age, gender, or social class. Many of our
families are put in desperate situations due to the obvious
interruptions to life when something like abuse takes place. The entire
family is affected.
This can take a toll on the finances of an
already struggling family. To ease some of this stress during the
Christmas season, we offer our Angel Tree Program to the families of
children that have been through the center during the year. Families are
given the opportunity to place their children on the angel tree and
while many decline the offer, many more feel the need to accept. This
offer is not limited to only the child or children that come through the
center but for their siblings as well. Our angel tree list includes
families of one child to often as many as seven or more. This is where
my favorite word for the month comes into play…. GENEROSITY!!!!
a time when we only hear of the negative economic conditions, we have
been extremely blessed by an outpouring of love for these children.
know that the economy has brought several to the edge of desperation.
The need is there and just as the need has risen, so have those with the
heart of love. They feel such gratefulness for their own blessings that
they have shared with generosity beyond measure. Because of this many
children will have something for Christmas this year. Those caring for
these children; parents’ grand parents or other extended family members
are very grateful. They often tell us that without what they receive
from the Angel Tree Program the children would have nothing at all. We
are forever grateful to all of you who have opened your hearts to our
little angels this year.
Maybe we can revive this practice.
children really are our future, what kind of future do we want? They
will only know from what we teach them…Their eyes are always on you, so
when you think of what kind of person you want your child to be, look in
the mirror, do you see that person? Children learn what they live and
as you know they don’t always do what you tell them but they will do
what you teach them through your actions.