Junior League Helps Bring Holiday Spirit to Kids Cafe’January 1, 2010
Kids Cafe Christmas Party
PAUL SLOTH email@example.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Children talk with Santa Claus Wednesday, December 16, 2009 during the Kids Cafe Christmas party at Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N. Memorial Drive. The event was organized by the Junior League of Racine.
RACINE – Isaiah Nesbitt traced his hands on green construction paper. Then he gathered a stack of paper and carefully cut out his tracings.
In the basement of the Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N. Memorial Drive, Nesbitt, 11, glued his construction-paper hands to a piece of paper to make a Christmas tree decoration. At the same time, his brother, Jaylen, decorated a Christmas tree cookie, well, three to be exact, complete with frosting and sprinkles. He ate a few, but carefully folded one up in a napkin to take home to his dad.
The brothers usually spend Wednesdays at the church, which hosts the Kids Café program weekly. Most weeks, Isaiah, Jaylen and their other brother, Bryce, come to the church for tutoring help with homework, to play games and have a hot meal.
This Wednesday was a little different. When Isaiah and his brothers arrived, they were surprised to see a pile of presents near the front of the room.
“This is the first time I’ve been here for one of these parties and I think it’s really cool,” said Isaiah, a sixth-grader at Gilmore Middle School. “It’s really good that they do this for us.”
This year marked the second annual Christmas party sponsored by the Junior League of Racine. About 15 members of the club and their family members volunteered to throw the party for the children.
In years past, the club has organized Christmas parties for other community organizations, but chose Kids Café again this year because of the number of children they can reach, said Carolyn Heifner, a Junior League member who helped organize this year’s event. The group donated all the supplies used for the party. They also donated money to purchase presents for the nearly 90 children who were expected to attend Wednesday’s event.
On most Wednesdays, Chuck Tyler and the people who volunteer to help with Kids Café, try their hardest to connect with children by helping them with their homework. As Tyler sees it, it’s an effort to keep as many children as possible on the right path.
This year’s Christmas event was yet another example of the important work volunteers do in the community, Tyler said. He was happy that the Junior League was willing to spend some time getting to know the children he works with on a weekly basis.
Before the children sat down for dinner and before any presents were handed out, Santa Claus paid a visit. The children cheered as he walked into the room. No sooner had he taken a seat then children like Tanjany Lewies, 5, began pelting him with questions.
“Does (Mrs. Claus) make good cookies? Does she got a hat like you?” she asked before inquiring about Santa’s appearances elsewhere around Racine. “My friends say they saw you at Walgreens.”