December 28, 2015
KURN HATTIN CHILDREN SHARE IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT OF GIVING
WESTMINSTER, VT? The 101 children of Kurn Hattin Homes celebrated the spirit of giving during the holiday season this year, with the help of several individuals and businesses in the community.
Tim Mollica of Christmas Trees of Vermont and his family donated eleven trees, hand-picked by the children. The children and staff put on their holiday sparkles and finery for the very special Annual Night of Giving dinner. In the months leading up to this event, the children in each cottage selected a Christmas giving project to help those in need. On the evening of the dinner, a child from each cottage presented their chosen community service project, explaining why it was selected, and how it made a difference. Among several projects chosen by the nine cottages were: raising money for the Dana-Farber Institute in memory of the school’s late Principal, Tom Fahner; the gift of time: visiting, singing, and socializing with nursing home residents; and food drives for the local food shelf. Later that week, all of the Kurn Hattin staff and children spread good cheer by caroling throughout Bellows Falls, VT and Walpole, NH. The children also had their own cottage Christmas parties, with frosted cookies, eggnog, and singing before leaving for vacation.
The Rotary Club of Chester, Vermont coordinated volunteers, gifts, donations, and pizza to make Christmas truly magical. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Mr. Grinch, and an entourage of elves went from cottage to cottage with a giant sack of presents. Squeals of glee accompanied the tearing of paper, and the children smiled and hugged Santa and Mrs. Claus as they expressed their gratitude. A Holiday Bazaar with items generously donated by friends, staff, and parents, was held on the last day of school, followed by a special holiday concert.
Kurn Hattin thanks all who contributed by helping to bake some yummy sweets, and by participating in the Bazaar, and sends their best wishes for the holidays and the New Year.
Established in 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont is a charitable home and school for children, ages 6-15, who are affected by tragedy, social or economic hardship, or other disruption in family life. Its mission: Kurn Hattin transforms the lives of children and their families forever. www.kurnhattin.org.