A Way Children Share Christmas Cheer
By Richard Eyre
Our 15 and 16-year-old grandchildren are doing something really interesting for Christmas at a website they have created at https://childrenconcert.com.
Let us share a little unique Christmas Cheer by telling you something our grandchildren are doing (forgive us if this sounds a little braggy, but that’s the grandparent’s prerogative right?) Way back when our kids were small, that our neighborhood put on a “Children for Children Christmas Concert” each year. Each of the children would perform a musical number, or dance, or poem or some other talent, and the parents and other adults paid an admission charge or gave donations to the performers. The kids then sent the money that their talents had earned to a charity or aid organization that they had chosen—usually to help poor children and families in Africa or other developing world locations. The beauty of it was that it really was a gift from children to children, and it made these first-world kids more aware of and empathetic toward the plight of their poverty-stricken counterparts in the third-world.
Each of our children has continued this tradition in their own families—until this pandemic year when they couldn’t put on any sort of in-person concert. But instead of letting the tradition die, our grandkids and their friends made it even better by creating a virtual concert—with some really outstanding talent—and that online Children for Children concert is now raising funds to send to a water project in Africa called Charity Water. And we have the privilege to offer a one to one match for every dollar they raise.
As 12 to 16 year-olds, they have created this website, recruited the talent, and “put on the show” with little or no help from their parents or other adults. Have a look at https://childrenconcert.com and you will see why we are so proud of them!
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