The Joy of Giving: Kids “Shop” for Presents for their Parents at PCHAS Christmas Party

Every child looks forwar20161210_132955d to getting presents for Christmas.  What you may not realize is that most wish they also had the opportunity to give presents – especially to their parents.

Knowing this, Child and Family Specialist Josh Smith and Single Parent Family and Transitional Living Program Coordinator Mari Molina set aside an area at PCHAS’ annual Christmas party in San Antonio where kids could “shop” for presents for their parents.

A makeshift “general store” with donated gifts was created by volunteers from San Antonio’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The kids “shopped” for Christmas presents for their parents. The kids were thrilled because, for many is was the very first time they were able to give a gift to their parent(s).

The children then made their way to the wrapping station, where wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and the works awaited them. Volunteers Emily Leech and Annis Fisher helped kids wrap presents.

“It was magical to see these children experience the joy of giving,” said Senior Development Officer Allison Harris. “They were so excited to have some independence and be able to give something to their parents who have given them so much.”

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Not only is this meaningful for the parents, but it also teaches the children a valuable lesson about giving, said Josh. “Most kids want to get their parents a gift, but some may not have the opportunity due to financial challenges. And some come from single parent households, which can make shopping for a gift more difficult. In two-parent families, kids often shop for one parent with the help of the other. (Dad helping with Mom’s gift and vice versa). “We thought a gift giving station would be a great way for kids to learn about giving to others and have some fun,” said Josh.

The editors would also like to acknowledge volunteers from Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio. Thank you!

By Alyssa Rueter