A Christmas Lunch for Youville Centre’s Young Families
On Wednesday, December 19th, Youville Centre Staff, Board Members and special guest volunteers hosted a Christmas Lunch for our young mothers and their children. This year the annual lunch was even more special as we extended the invitation to an important person in each young mother’s life.
Some of our students brought their friends, some brought their mother or another important family member, and some brought their partner, the father of their child. It was a beautiful sight to see our young mothers enjoying a festive, hot meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings with their children and their family members and partners.
The lunch began with a special blessing from Father Steve, a personal friend of Youville Centre, followed by an adorable rendition of Jingle Bells by our toddlers in the SnapDragon and Daisy Rooms who thoroughly enjoyed the bells they got to shake while they sang!
Then Youville Centre Staff, Board Members and special guests served the young moms and their families, and everyone enjoyed their meal. It was a sight to see with high chairs and bibs, turkey, peas and cranberry sauce! Needless to say it was a lively lunch!
After lunch, the Youville Centre Choir sang Ave Maria and led us in a few Christmas Carols. It was touching to see our young moms showing confidence and singing their hearts out! We have a very talented choir!
The Christmas Lunch could not be complete without the arrival of Santa who had a candy cane for the children, and Mrs. Claus (a.k.a. our Executive Director, Cindy Simpson) who had grocery gift cards for each of our 48 students sponsored by The Christmas Cheer Foundation.
Pictured above, L to R: Youville Centre student Hannah and her son, Executive Director Cindy Simpson, and a representative from the Christmas Cheer Foundation.
To cap things off, Youville Centre Staff sang “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” to all in attendance. Just when we thought the lunch was coming to an end, a few of our young moms took the stage to thoughtfully thank all of the staff and community members for everything that was given to them leading up to Christmas, and they presented us with a large handmade thank you card.
A festive time was had by all and it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the staff and volunteers here at Youville Centre, and we must also thank the parishes of St. Philip’s and St. Clare in Richmond for providing much of the food for this event. Also special thanks to Father Steve and to everyone who helped serve at the lunch.
See you in 2013!