When we got back from Kenya, I decided that it was important for our kids to be more involved with serving others in our everyday life. One of the things we decided to do was get involved with a local assisted living facility. With our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers group) at our church we decided to create artwork monthly and then bring it over to the seniors to brighten their days. We started in September and each time we would go, B would talk about how were going to go bring pictures to "the lonely place." :)
For fall, we decided we would do a little activity with them as well, and we set up for the kids to go "trick or treating" during the seniors' lunchtime. The kids get candy and a chance to dress-up and the seniors get to see a bunch of pretty cute kids in adorable costumes. It seemed like a win-win. And, that, it certainly was!
The activities director at the home said she had never seen the residents smile so big, and the seniors warmed our hearts too as they all each tried to get the kids attention. Even though we provided the candy, many of the seniors insisted that they buy candy while on their group outings so they would have some of their own to give the kids. It was adorable! The only truly funny moment was when a man in a motorized wheelchair and a full-face mask came towards T and he ran for me as fast as his feet could take him. We had such a wonderful time, and are now trying to figure out what kind of caroling visit we can organize for December. Thanks to everyone who participated - you made it great!