At the start of Christmas day, youth workers did the wake ups by singing a different Christmas carol into each bedroom and the youth complained and pretended to hate it, however, they talked about it a little too long and it was clear the serenading had made them feel special, and they showed their appreciation later by sharing their chocolates and putting great efforts into having the most positive Christmas day possible!
Youth were very excited to receive their present which was a backpack each, filled with goodies and necessities. A youth worker sat everyone down in the common area and informed them that they would be opening the presents together as a family. He told them that he was excited to be here with his Covenant House family on Christmas Day and reminded our youth to treat each other with extra kindness and Christmas spirit today, as this time of year is difficult for some people. This speech and the singing wake ups set the tone for a really enjoyable Christmas in Shelter.
Throughout the day we noticed the youth made extra efforts to be thoughtful with each other, youth, who didn’t normally speak went to the movies together and invited each other to play games. There were a few awesome extra gifts left and the youth had a great time playing a trivia game based on Covenant House to try and win them. The youth got themselves into teams and worked together to figure out the answers. The questions ranged from who is the oldest staff member on shift? To how many total rooms in the Drake Street building? To can you sing a line from your favorite Christmas carol? The only trouble was the youth were in such generous moods that they were giving each other all the answers, which meant there were no clear winners! So more games had to be thought of to find out who won the game & got the extra presents.
A Christmas spent in a Crisis Shelter can be very hard and sad but we work hard to give our young people a fun & caring Christmas and I think we succeeded.
From all of us at Covenant House Vancouver we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
We thank you for all your support and friendship over this holiday season, it’s thanks to friends like you that we are here each and every day helping our young people.
Our office will be closed December 25 and 26th but if you still wish to make a donation you can do so online here.
If you are looking for information about when & how you can donate clothing, food or other items click here.
If you are a youth in need of help our Crisis Shelter is open 24/7 and the toll free number is 1-877-685-7474.
You’ve bought and wrapped all the gifts, the turkey is stuffed and ready to go into the oven, friends and family will arrive in a few hours--so what to do? Take a moment for yourself this Christmas Eve. Settle down amid the scent of pine with a friendly crowd, take a deep breath, then sit back and listen to jazzy and traditional Christmas music.
We Three Queens--the trio of Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Jennifer Scott, and Karin Plato--will be the highlight of your Christmas season and the perfect way to stroll into Christmas Day. It’s guaranteed that you’ll feel the spirit by the time you leave.
Tuesday, December 24. 3-4p.
St. Andrew’s at Burrard/Nelson in Vancouver.
No admission but we’ll pass the basket to benefit Covenant House Vancouver which provides love and hope to Vancouver’s street youth.
More info here.