Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington, Wash., invited 150 low-income community families to a special Christmas party in early December 2011.
Academy students, parents, faculty, and church members prepared a complete Christmas dinner, provided games and planned personalized gifts for the 38 children who attended.
Evening entertainment included a cake walk, interaction with the Timberwolf school mascot and photos with Santa. The North Cascade Church's primary Sabbath School class assembled goodie bags for each child.
Church members donated children's clothing and toiletries so the parents could "shop" for free at the end of the evening.
Not to be left out, elementary students participated for the fourth year in the Adopt-a-Family program to provide gifts for each member of six community families.
The community Christmas event was in partnership with the Skagit County Community Action Agency, a leading community resource that fosters and advocates self-sufficiency among low-income families. This is the second year the agency asked SAA to host the annual party, and the school is proud to be a component of 35 anti-poverty county programs.
Students are learning there are many ways to partner with the community to make a difference in people's lives and they are already making plans for future activities.