Showing Gratitude Through Giving

December 19, 2019 | Education | Arlene Lambert

Students at Five Falls Christian School in Great Falls, Montana, spent an entire month focused on showing gratitude through giving.

The monthlong emphasis began with a Giving Day to focus on giving to others. First, the students packed shoeboxes with Christmas toys and small clothing items they had brought for homeless children in Great Falls. The goal was to fill 25 shoeboxes. Donations were so generous, 55 shoeboxes were filled with Christmas goodies for the children at Cameron Family Center. Extra clothing items like pajamas and jackets were donated too.

All during the activity kids commented about how much fun they were having, how they hoped the kids liked their gifts and how much they would love to see the kids open their boxes. The students delivered the shoeboxes and clothing to the shelter, where they and the gifts were met with much appreciation.

The students also shared the love of Jesus by singing at Highgate Senior Living. Along with one parent, the kids sang Christmas carols to the residents, who thoroughly enjoyed the songs. They also handed out cards they made.

The students will be doing one more act of giving when they bring money for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) as their “Gift to Jesus.” They will choose whether to have ADRA buy goats, chickens, fresh water or other things with the money they bring. The students of Five Falls Christian School are showing a true attitude of giving and finding joy in helping others.