Missouri Baptist Childrens Home
Generous Donors Make Christmas Special for MBCH Children
Christmas is a magical time of year for many people. Family, friends, gifts, delicious food, and memorable festivities are things that many people associate with Christmas. That is not the case for many of the children in the care of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. Fortunately MBCH has a long history of churches, individuals, organizations and corporations generously providing for the Christmas needs – and wants – of our children.
Kathy Crawley and Flo Anderson have the primary responsibility of coordinating Christmas gifts at MBCH. They manage the “Campus Store” on the Lowe-Frillman Campus in Bridgeton which serves as “Christmas Central” for most of the programs and ministries of the agency.
“The Youth Care Specialists, Care Givers and foster families gather lists of things wanted and needed from the children and give them to us and we combine them into one ‘Christmas Wish List’,” Crawley explained. “We then print the list in The Messenger and post it on our website for our donors to see and respond. They then go buy some of those items and bring or send them to the Campus Store. We organize, sort and prepare the gifts for distribution.”
Both Anderson and Crawley simultaneously agreed that they don’t know what the agency would do without the generous donations. Children and youth in Therapeutic Group Homes, Maternity Homes, In-Home Pregnancy Program, Foster Homes, Transitional Living Program, Human Trafficking Rescue Program and The LIGHT House all need to be provided for at Christmas. This totals more than 600 requests.
According to the two women the foster families and the children absolutely love this program. It allows them to participate in the holiday festivities just like everyone else. “They love it! They are so appreciative of what they receive.”
The Christmas season is a magical time of year for many reasons; mostly because the presence of God is seen in so many people through their giving and caring hearts. Even though organizing the Campus Store and getting all of the gifts together for the children is their job, it is one that both Anderson and Crawley enjoy doing because of the gift it gives them in return – Hope.