Spreading a little Christmas Cheer with Pastens Action for Children
Last night some of our own trooped out in the cold, armed with scarves, gloves and gifts, to visit the children at Pastens Action for Children and share a little Christmas cheer, some mince pies and a few carols.
There are currently 13 children in full-time residential care at Pastens, with a range of learning difficulties, severe challenging behaviour and complex or life-limiting disabilities. Some of the kids have no contact with their families at all, and at least half of them will spend Christmas Day at the project with their Support Workers.
One of our consultants here at CBSbutler worked at the project throughout her teenage years, and while working on Christmas Day one year, was heartbroken to see that while the children loved the excitement of Christmas, they bought their own Christmas presents out of their disability allowance. So, this year, she rallied the staff to provide a few gifts for the children – ones they wouldn’t have to buy for themselves. Over the last couple of weeks, gifts have been gathering under our tree in the office, wrapped and ready to be delivered.
The children were overjoyed with all their gifts, although one of our elves reports that they were a little disappointed that Santa had to keep them safe for them until the 25th!
Our consultants had a wonderful evening, and it was a real treat to be able to pass on a little of our own fortune to those with less.
“It was an emotional evening and it really does make you think about how fortunate we are: seeing all the children with smiles on their faces was fantastic – some of the singing was a little questionable but it’s all for a good cause!”
“A really enjoyable evening and a pleasure to get to know the children, felt good to be giving a little something to those who are less fortunate than others, especially at Christmas time. This will become a CBSbutler tradition for sure!”
If you’d like to donate to Action for Children, please check out their donations page, or alternatively, find your nearest project and drop off a few gifts for the children. Christmas is a time for giving, after all.