Teaching Little Ones Kindness

How young is too young to lend a helping hand?

The answer to the question is — you’re never too young (or too old) to lend a helping hand.

Our Early Learning Centre children have been collecting food to assist Helping Hands, which turned out to be exactly what the charity organisation affiliated with the Mt Gravatt Seventh-day Adventist church had been praying for! 

Educators in all of the ELC rooms have been teaching the children about helping others. Some of their regular bible stories have been on this theme too.  

“We were originally running the program for only the month of May but we have seen what an impact our donations are making and have decided to keep going with it,” says Early Learning Centre acting manager Nataly Dragojevic.

The food was gratefully received by Gwen and Bruce Peng from Helping Hands, which also provides clothing and bedding items to local people in need. 

“Thank you so much for providing donations for Helping Hand, but mostly for making your little charges aware of the needs of people around them,” Gwen and Bruce said in an email to the ELC.

Helping Hands sent the ELC children the following little anecdotes to help them understand how they are helping in very real, practical ways.

  1. We recently visited a man whose wife was very sick and had just come home from hospital. Because of all the doctors and hospital bills, they had no money left to buy food. They live in a small two-room unit. Helping Hand was able to give them groceries and bread until they had enough money.  
  2. We received a phone call from a young man who had recently fled from his family and his country of Syria because the government there were persecuting Christians and any people who love Jesus. So he came to Australia with very little money. He couldn’t get a job here and had no food or anywhere to stay. He contacted  our church and Helping Hand were able to help him with food until he could find work.
  3. Sadly, we sometimes get phone calls from people who have nowhere to live. This happened only a few weeks ago when a lady rang. She had her elderly mother and two little brown dogs had just been evicted from the house where they were living. The lady had had an accident in her car and her car was towed away. So they had no car, no food and nowhere to live. We picked them up at the shopping centre together with a few bags of their belongings and their two little dogs and took them to a place where they could stay for just a short time. The only clothes they had were what they were wearing so Helping Hand looked through the collection of donated clothing and found some warm clothes and some blankets. Since then we have been able to give them food (and some food for their little dogs) until they can manage for themselves. 
  4. Usually Helping Hand takes food to the home of the people who need it. But sometimes if these people don’t have a house. They might live in their car, so we meet them at a shopping centre carpark and give them food. While we were waiting for the people to arrive for their food one day, we saw an old man rummaging through the community clothing bin. He looked frail and his clothes were worn and he wore a pair of thongs. We decided to find out if we could help. Yes, he said. He was looking for something to eat and then he would catch the bus home. But he had no money, and it was getting late and cold. He said he was going to walk home. We told him to wait and we would drop him home after delivering our food to the people coming in their car. The next day we called in to his house with lots of food as well as some warm clothes and slippers from our clothing collection. He was a happy man. 

PHOTO: Educator Ute Hunter talking to her class about the importance of kindness