“This is the best day of my life!” the smiling little girl told her mentor. She was talking above the joyful noise of students from T.A. Sims and Charles Nash Elementary schools and their mentors at the annual Kids Hope Christmas party in FUMCFW’s Justin Youth Building. Festive decorations, presents, games in the gym, crafts to make with glitter (who can resist?), and food from The Hamburger Man made for a noisy, happy evening.
These fortunate children are partnered with loving adults who spend one hour each week with them during the school week, making relationships that sometimes last for years. The volunteers, led by FUMCFW Kids Hope Coordinator Gay Ingram and almost 40 mentors and helpers, represent every one of our worshipping congregations. They would all agree that they receive more than they give — an old adage that never fails. But statistics prove that children with caring adults outside their family add to the possibility of success in school and in life, so these young people are truly fortunate.
Thanks to all our great Kids Hope volunteers — you are making the world better!