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The Wonders of Christmas Through a Child

The following is a guest post by Sheila Davis, Volunteer Coordinator for Divisional Headquarters here in St. Louis.

Beyond the gift buying and trying to think of something new and exciting for friends and family, adults can come to discover the deeper meaning of Christmas. But for a child the biggest wonder of Christmas is the anticipation of what might be under the tree on Christmas morning. And a parent’s greatest joy is watching their child tear into that gaily wrapped gift with abandon and exclaim, “It’s exactly what I wished for!”

But sadly, the struggle with larger issues like keeping a roof over the family’s head and the possible of not having enough food to get through the week make it impossible for some parents to provide even a simple toy at Christmas.  Too many children in our community don’t experience the wonder of Christmas that many of us take for granted.  Some wish, not for toys and games, but for a coat, warm clothes or even a bed that their parents simply can’t provide.

You can help provide the wonder of Christmas to thousands of children in our community this year by volunteering for one or two of our upcoming events.  Join us this Saturday for the Walmart Fill the Truck toy drive.  All stores are participating.  Volunteers are needed to hand out flyers at the store’s entrances explaining the program with customers and help with the collection of the donated new toys and coats. We have volunteer 2-hour shifts for volunteers available starting at 9am until 5pm.  This is great service opportunity for a small family or group or students needing to complete service hours.

The toys collected at this drive will be distributed at our Toy Town Christmas Assistance Program the week of December 17th at several Salvation Army locations. Volunteers are needed to help sort and bag toys and gifts and help distribute the gifts to our pre-screened clients.  We are recruiting volunteers for the following locations:

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Salvation Army Family Haven CIP – 10740 West Page Avenue, 63132

Salvation Army Gateway Corps (South County) – 824 Union Road, 63123

Salvation Army Euclid Corps (North), 2618 N. Euclid Ave 63113

Please take a few hours out of your busy schedule this holiday season and help a child experience the wonders of Christmas.  To sign up for a shift for Walmart Fill the Truck or Toy Town visit www.stlsalvationarmy.org, click on “Ways to Give” and then select Volunteer. For more information contact Sheila Davis at sheila_r_davis@usc.salvationarmy.org or 314-646-3166 or Larry Pliemann at uscmidvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org or 314-646-3188.Salvation Army Temple Corps (South City), 2740 Arsenal St., 63118.

 

 

 

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New Experiences for Different Discovery Campers

By: Bethany Williams, Midland Division

Campers from all ages and places gathered at Camp Mihaska’s Discovery Camp and benefitted from stepping out of the box and doing something new.

Clarisha
After hearing about Camp Mihaska’s Discovery camp from friends at The Salvation Army in East St. Louis, Clarisha was excited and somewhat nervous to go to camp since she is rather shy. At the age of 14, Clarisha is a soft spoken young girl, but has found it easy to make friends at Discovery Camp because of a variety of team building activities.

“Don’t be scared about going, just be yourself,” advises Clarisha with a big smile and a giggle.

The main reason for her boost of self-confidence is thanks to the counselors that have encouraged her to break out of her shell.

“I ask my counselors every year how old I have to be to work with them,” says Clarisha. “I love all of the counselors and I want to be one someday too.”

Counselors at the Discovery Camp typically are young adults above the age of 18 that are primarily college students. Besides interacting with other kids, Clarisha has learned how to act and speak appropriately toward adults.

Clarisha’s favorite memories of camp include paintballing and “ga-ga ball” because each activity required team interaction and hard work. From her experience at Discovery Camp, Clarisha believes that she has become a friendlier person and is looking forward to coming back next year.

Raven
At the age of 13, Raven Lawrence also is a reserved teenage girl, but has found Discovery Camp as a way to branch out and try new things.

Raven volunteers to play the drums at The Salvation Army in East St. Louis and heard about the summer camps at Camp Mihaska from other volunteers. While this is Raven’s fourth summer at camp, every year she pushes herself to try something new.

This year at Discovery Camp, Raven faced her fear of heights by climbing up the 30-foot rock wall and zip lining across the open fields to a platform below. From this adventure, Raven says she has learned to place trust in her counselors and friends.

From the various bible classes, Raven has found trust in God.

“I know that the Lord has everything I need,” says Raven. “When I leave camp, I am a different person. I listen and I care about others.”

After watching the guest performer David Cain’s juggling act, Raven felt inspired by his faith in the Lord to do such amazing and dangerous acts. Raven looks forward to coming back to Camp Mihaska.

Evander
As a high school student, Evander Hargrove at first did not want to come to Discovery Camp because he thought he was too old for summer camps. As a 16 year-old from Euclid, Evander said he would rather spend his time wrestling and playing football in order to prepare for his high school season.

However, his younger cousin, who attended Discovery Camp last year, convinced Evander that he would have a blast and make many new friends. So, Evander decided to give Discovery Camp a chance.

A few days into the camp, Evander  made several friends and loves playing “ga-ga ball”. Most importantly, Evander feels that he has been enlightened by the people at camp that introduced him to the Bible. He hopes to continue learning more about God and His teachings.

Miracle on Marcus

Today, Soldier Artemis Wallace represented The Salvation Army at the Miracle on Marcus Street, the unveiling of 17 buildings that have been rehabilitated to house 40 families, who will benefit from the affordable cost of living provided by this project. The Salvation Army commends the many people who made this day possible. Today, families cook dinner and children now play in this newly revitalized neighborhood near our Euclid Corps thanks to their hard work and dedication to the St. Louis community.

Soldier Wallace delivers the closing prayer at the unveiling at Marcus & Martin Luther King on October 27, 2011. Pictured: Soldier Wallace, Lewis Reed, President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen & Ward 4 Alderman Samuel Moore.
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