by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
I met my wife and fell in love with her the moment she took my order for a Bacon Cheeseburger at the Buckhorn Grill, almost 20 years ago. That evening, she was serving me a homemade dessert a la mode. She knew the way to my heart was through my stomach, and she has been serving me ever since. Our kitchen is often filled with the savory smells of a hot and delicious dinner, or the sweet sight of a baked delight. But sometimes I find myself disappointed. Occasionally, the amazing meal and treat do not find their way to my stomach, but rather to a neighbor to bless or a friend in need. I know I am storing up rewards in heaven for this noble (though forced) sacrifice.
Why is my wife so generous? Did she just wake up one day and decide to be generous? I have a feeling that her generosity was developed as a young child in her home. I think she often saw her parents modeling generosity, and that she was often encouraged to participate in personal generosity. While generosity is something to practice throughout the year, the month of December is an excellent opportunity. It is so easy for children (and adults) to be consumed with what they want to receive. For example, just about everyone in my family has a very comprehensive Amazon wish list. Yet through giving, our hearts become formed more into the likeness of Christ and others glimpse His love through us.
There are many giving opportunities available for families to participate in through their local church and other organizations. Our school is providing two opportunities to practice generosity:
On the Dec. 24th, the Salem homeless population will be served a hot meal downtown. They also will be provided much needed clothes and other items listed below. Families are welcome to come and serve on the 24th at 10:45 am under the Center Street Bridge.
There is also an opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for children in foster care. Donated games and gift cards will be given to children utilizing the Marion County Visitation center.
Items for Homeless
Socks, Hats, Gloves, Hand Sanitizer, Jackets, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
Games for Children
Sorry, Uno, Memory, Candy Land, Apple to Apples, Yahzee, Dice, Headbandz)
Gift Cards ($15-$20)
Walmart, Target, Fred Meyer
Please drop off all purchased items at the school office by December 16th.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent