The Children of Christmas Past, a local, grassroots organization, has passionately taken it upon themselves to be a strong voice with a loving, helping hand for seniors who are alone.
The organization was started in 1999 by Jill Harrington. She requested that the guests of their Annual Christmas Open House bring a gift for a senior, rather than a hostess gift. Now, the registered not-for-profit charity hand delivers over 5,000 gifts on Christmas morning.
I see the Christmas spirit come alive with hundreds of donors purchasing, volunteering, wrapping and sorting the gifts. The success of the Children of Christmas Past is through this process. The experience of coming into our home and being involved in the process is as rewarding for them as it is for the seniors.
“I started Children of Christmas Past in 1999, with the hope of doing something special for seniors who would find themselves alone at Christmas. I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful feeling it is to watch communities come together by delivering literally hundreds of gifts to my front door while volunteers fill my home throughout December. My son Noah and I have come to welcome this as our family Christmas tradition. It’s somewhat surreal to see something born out of simple good intentions, having taken on a life of is own and reaching so many our of senior community. It reminds them that they are remembered, respected and appreciated by their communities.”