A Joyful Day – ACE Shoebox Program Update

 

Everyone had a blast!  I am talking about the 60 kids……………the ACE kids of Worcester who relished opening shoe boxes of gifts prepared not only by our own individuals from UUCW but also by two of Robin’s RE colleagues, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brookfield and the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford.  Know who else had a blast?  We did!  One person told me our shoe-box event is her most exciting gift-giving happening of the holiday season.  Others told me they look forward to receiving a name and to meeting the challenge of  buying a special something without having the benefit of knowing the glove -or the pajama size of their chosen student.

Remember Therence Ntihinduka who paid us a visit at the end of September on 50/50 Sunday?  He and his family had fled war-torn Burundi and found their way to a refugee camp in Tanzania when he was 7.  This young man, along with his mentor, Mr. Mike Land and the director, Mr. Kwame Yeboah, graced us with their presence to speak about ACE.  Well, Therence, now in his last semester as a senior, has just been accepted by 5 area colleges: Framingham State, Fitchburg State, Quinsigamond, Anna Maria and Nichols.  Go Therence!

Hopefully, with Paul Marr’s help, we’ll put some photos up on the wall in the sanctuary in case you have not yet seen them.

Thank you again for adding a little sunshine to the lives of these students and for letting them see that Americans do care about immigrants and refugees and wish to welcome them to our country and our city with open hearts and minds.

Pauline Courchesne, the “Shoe-Box Lady”