by Kathy Marson
Spokane, Wash., December 1, 2011-
Driving into Palisades Christian Academy on Thursday evening, December 1, one could see the “It’s a Kids Christmas” banner being hoisted and taped on the wall as the 7th- through 10th-grade students were scurrying around to unload and set-up the party crafts. What was the occasion? Spokane’s Positive Life Radio, KEEH, teamed up with Palisades Christian Academy to provide an “It’s a Kid’s Christmas” Party for children who would otherwise not have a Christmas.
Kids and moms arrived at the school in cars and a big yellow bus. After signing in they could have their face painted and get their photo taken with Mr. Snowman, a.k.a. Darin Patzer, KEEH Station Manager. Then the children separated into groups to decorate Christmas cookies, create an ornament, and color a gift bag.
Throughout the evening, the refreshments, the Christmas music and the sounds of laughter, created a festive atmosphere. The 7th grade class made this a community service project and they assisted the children in making their crafts.
At the end, the children listened to a story about Jesus, read by Mr. Snowman, and then they all received a gift. Amidst the ohs and awes and sounds of gifts unwrapping, one little girl said, “how could you know I love purple and pigs?” She was very happy with her purple piggy bank. As the children were leaving they were given one more gift – a gift bag with the book with the story of Jesus and a KEEH soccer ball.