Our youngest residents at St. Margaret of Cortona Family Transformational Housing are learning about the season of Advent and the necessary preparation and anticipation the season brings.
To illustrate the preparations of our hearts for the birth of Christ, Children Services Coordinator Erica Pigford hosted Advent activities for youth to prepare their homes with special decorations.
Each apartment door was adorned with a fresh pine wreath that was donated by Catholic Charities Board Member Ron Riggins and Boy Scout Troop 1100 from the Church of the Nativity in Burke. Christmas trees were donated by Everly Funeral Homes — for some families it was their first Christmas tree.
Stockings were hung in the Children’s Activity Room in anticipation that they might be filled with goodies by Christmas. And indeed, elves from Woodbridge Middle School’s Junior Honor Society are secretly gathering treats to fill a stocking for each child.
Additionally, the children made edible Christmas trees by icing sugar cones and covering with holiday sprinkles.
What fun little ways for the children of many faiths to prepare for the real meaning of Christmas!
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Catholic Charities helps our families at St. Margaret’s overcome the inter-generational homelessness they may be facing. This includes strengthening the whole family unit: our children participate in physical, social and educational activities and our parents meet with mentors, attend group counseling and “Life Skills” classes to assist them on their journey back to independent housing.