Students at Iowa State University connected with area homeless children to share the Christmas spirit this season.
For the second year in a row the Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation created an Advent Workshop for kids from the Emergency Residence Project (ERP), the homeless shelter in Ames. The students helped the kids make gifts for others including candy, blankets, scarves, ornaments, and more.
Joy permeated the experience for students and children alike. Each kid had a big buddy or two that helped them with the crafts and spent some quality time with them. Other students were in charge of leading the craft tables and explaining what to do. It was a fun time for all.
In 2013 they hope to strengthen their relationship with the kids at ERP by doing activities with them once a month. Apportionment gifts from local churches across Iowa help to support this ministry. Learn more about Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation by visiting their website at www.cumc-wf.org.