The cycle of giving

With Christmas quickly approaching, some of the youth in the shelter have been contemplating what to give this year. Many of the youth have shown that despite their circumstances, giving a gift is very important to them. The team at Covenant House works together to find items that have been donated that are appropriate for youth who want to give a gift for someone else, rather than spending the money that they had worked hard to earn for their future outside of the shelter.

One youth proudly told his youth worker that he had visited his son for six hours recently and that he wanted to wrap some presents to his son for Christmas. This youth was surprised by his own skill level of wrapping these gifts as he laid everything out on the floor. I looked out the office window to see him focused; taking great care to do his best job wrapping these gifts, even getting help from another resident. I’m always surprised when, after awhile of relationship building with a youth, we learn they have children. It’s inspiring to see how they have so much care and support for other loved ones, even as they struggle to get their feet on the ground while making the best of finding themselves in a crisis shelter. 

With Christmas quickly approaching, some of the youth in the shelter have been contemplating what to give this year. Many of the youth have shown that despite their circumstances, giving a gift is very important to them. The team at Covenant House works together to find items that have been donated that are appropriate for youth who want to give a gift for someone else, rather than spending the money that they had worked hard to earn for their future outside of the shelter.

One youth proudly told his youth worker that he had visited his son for six hours recently and that he wanted to wrap some presents to his son for Christmas. This youth was surprised by his own skill level of wrapping these gifts as he laid everything out on the floor. I looked out the office window to see him focused; taking great care to do his best job wrapping these gifts, even getting help from another resident. I’m always surprised when, after awhile of relationship building with a youth, we learn they have children. It’s inspiring to see how they have so much care and support for other loved ones, even as they struggle to get their feet on the ground while making the best of finding themselves in a crisis shelter.