We came to the mens side of halo to serve dinner with wheaton Franciscan healthcare it was nice to that they were all inside enjoying a hot meal on such a cold day. We talked to them while they got there meal some were telling us about their health problems and why they couldnt eat certain foods. It was good to see they were making healthy food choices and alot of them even passed up desert.
Today we went and got ready for our activity to halo we made picture frames for them to decorate and shopped for the rest of the supplies we also did a lot of cutting and separating supplies. We have found it easier if we spend more time before hand because they get so excited they want it all to be ready so they can grab everything right away. I hope they enjoy it
Today we did crafts again with the kids it was nice to see how happy they were we came back again. There was another group there also it was nice to see the kids get presents and get to enjoy the Christmas holiday.
We went to halo and did Christmas activities with the children they seemed to enjoy it very much. They were excited to do activities and even there parents seemed to really enjoy it. It was nice to be able to do something with them and to see how happy it made them.
We went shopping and cut out and prepared activities to do with the children at halo we also found several ideas on pinterest to do with them we are hoping they enjoy them. They deserve to have some Christmas fun. We found activities to glue and put together which improves fine motor skills for children
We helped in the donation room at halo they wanted us to help organize the room since they are not accepting donations at this time because they have so much. We sorted out the toys to give to toys for tots we got rid of some of the clothing that would not be useful for them to donate to a thrift store we organized hats and scarfs that someone had knitted for them. It was interesting to see all the stuff people donate and where it is used we also were helped by 2 women that lived there it was interesting to talk to them and hear about there experiences. It was a very humbling experience and it makes you think of all the things you for granted.
Went to halo to meet with the director and to see what we could do to volunteer. We took a tour of the facility and met some of the people. It was sad to see all of the children there. They said this is the largest amount of homeless children they have had since the facility opened 11 years ago. It is nice that there is a nice place like halo they can come to to get help they have an outside play ground for the children and a daycare for the children.