Vacation Bible school is a tradition in most Texas towns — churches of various denominations launch annual day-camp or classroom sessions to help provide youngsters with a little purpose and fun for the summer.
The sessions, which are typically a week in length, often feature music and games, crafts and refreshments, along with a few life lessons.
One of those lessons recently resulted in a sizable donation to an agency that offers assistance to the elderly.
Thanks to the generosity of children who attended the “Workshop of Wonders” vacation Bible school at Argyle United Methodist Church this summer, the Hearts for Homes outreach ministry received a gift of $1,490. It will provide no-cost home repairs to very low-income elderly homeowners in Denton County.
In addition, some who attended fourth- and fifth-grade Bible school classes also had a chance to help a few seniors with yard work.
Hearts for Homes was established in the spring of 2006 as a Christian-based outreach ministry to help seniors, according to the organization’s website. Hearts for Homes coordinates with area agencies, churches, elderly service providers and community groups to identify low-income elderly homeowners in need of assistance.
Susan Frank, the agency’s founder and executive director, said the children’s donation came at a good time. The ministry recently had to vacate its donated warehouse space and move into a leased space at 826 E. McKinney St. in Denton. The move has strained the organization’s budget, she added.
The gift, she said, will be put to good use by helping provide safe, comfortable living conditions for senior homeowners in need.
But the benefits of the project certainly weren’t one-way, organizers said. All the children involved in the camp learned a valuable lesson, according to Liz Edwards, director of children’s ministries at the church.
“The children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, learned that we can change the world no matter how old we are,” Edwards stated in a press release about the donation.
The youngsters involved in this vacation Bible school project have set a great example for others to follow, and we commend them on their generosity and caring attitude.
We thank them and all our other young people who unselfishly give a portion of their summer vacations — and spending money — to help others.
They’ve learned their lessons well and are now helping the rest understand that we, too, can change the world, no matter how old we are.
If we pay attention, our children can often show us the way, and Denton County is fortunate to have so many young leaders.