Do you know what a “compassion calendar” is? The youngsters who go to Little Acorn Childcare, and their parents, are aware of owner/operator Helen Hutton’s concept. Little Acorn’s website www.littleacornchildcare.net explains: “We strongly advocate and support the Christian values of caring, sharing, and loving. We believe strongly in strengthening the self-esteem of the child while nurturing his/her respect for fellow beings. With these values in mind a Compassion Calendar was developed with monthly service projects to give back to our community.” Community Lifeline Center is fortunate to be one of those projects.
Hutton and CLC’s Executive-Director Christine Hockin-Boyd have a mutual respect for one another’s program. Hutton writes, “We will definitely be doing all we can for CLC!! I love the Monthly Projects List…what a great way to get people started.” Hockin-Boyd responded; “It’s great to connect with a Christian group that desires to serve and connect with us in serving others. Thank you!”
Community Lifeline Center’s goal is to help neighbors return to self-sufficiency when a crisis strikes. The staff and volunteers offer short-term assistance with finances, job skills training, budgeting, and sharing whatever goods they have that a family needs. These might be school supplies, a box fan or a window air conditioner, light bulbs, or personal items. So if families at Little Acorn Childcare collect socks, underwear, and 3 Meals-in-a-Bag, the clients who qualify for assistance at the CLC will benefit directly. And in turn, children will learn the true meaning of compassion.
To see what CLC’s Monthly Project Lists are all about, go to the CLC website, www.communitylifeline.org; click on ‘Get Involved.’ Among other projects, you’ll find ‘3 Meals-in-a-Bag’ – just look for the grocery bag. You’ll notice other needs listed and suggested ways to help. Go ahead; take a look. You might be inspired to develop your own ‘Compassion Calendar,’ and Helen Hutton won’t mind a bit if you borrow her concept. Neither will the clients of the Community Lifeline Center.
Community Lifeline Center exists because a community stands tallest when it kneels to offer a helping hand.