‘Tis the season to be jolly! We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season so far! Last week at The Beach School and at Ife Oluwa, our hearts were filled with the spirit of the season. As always, Santa’s IBSF elves were busy collecting, shipping, and wrapping gifts throughout the year for our favorite students! What a joy it was when we arrived at both schools to deliver Christmas gifts.
As we arrived at The Beach School, we couldn’t wait to pass out the Christmas gifts to the students. After we gave Lady Salami the food for the month and checked on the maintenance of the school, it was time to pass out gifts! This year, each child received a book, a pencil pouch filled with school supplies, and a little silver bell. Though the kids were excited about them all, I couldn’t help but notice that each child was particularly intrigued by the bell, which had been made into a necklace for them thanks to a piece of yarn. The simple gift created a profound joy in the hearts of the kids. It was as if each child found the magic of Christmas upon hearing the bell. For those of us in the Western world, the magic of Christmas and the silver bell are surrounded by the mystery of Santa Claus in The Polar Express. However, for these kids, the bell didn’t symbolize Santa, his elves, his reindeer, or the gifts that we anticipate to be under the tree. For these kids, the bell simply symbolized that someone cared for them. How beautiful those bells rang as the kids ran around on the hot sand, chasing bubbles from a bubble machine that a volunteer brought. How magical it was to experience a joy that was simply rooted in care and love that the holidays bring. As we were leaving, I couldn’t help but hope that the bell would still ring for all the students at The Beach School and at Ife Oluwa who truly believe in the hope of their future, and in the care and support of our organization.
We cannot thank you enough for your support and generosity. Your donations are continuing to provide food for the kids and helping to keep the lights on in both schools, which prevent distractions for the students during their lessons. You are making a powerful difference in the lives of these kids and we thank you. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.