trees on trees project for eliada
The Thanksgiving holiday often marks a cultural and psychological shift. A festive season, full of joy, hope, and love begins to emerge as we trim trees and sing along to Christmas tunes.
While this a perfectly fine story for many in our world, this season also highlights the disparity between those who have, and those who do not. This cycle happens year in and year out. Charities experience their biggest gifts, they carry out more programming during the month of December and volunteer numbers go up. While this speaks to the resolve and generosity of our communities, this season offers us an opportunity to see the need and struggle many in our midst face each day.
The way our society has designed Christmas makes kids the focal point. A good Christmas is often defined by how many gifts, or how big or expensive the gifts are that appear under the tree. Of course this sets up an unequal playing ground for many in our society and kids bear the brunt of the disparities in our economies during this time of the year.
Though we have only been open for a month, an opportunity walked through the door and in the course of a conversation at the bar, we have an opportunity for a small thing to have a significant impact on some children in our community. We are partnering with Eliada homes and wanted to give you an opportunity to make a difference this Christmas.
Adorning the tree in the Tavern are paper trees labeled with an age range of a child with a book title written on the back. Eliada suggested the biggest and best way to help out would be to give the gift of books to children who find themselves in a difficult transition in life. Simply take an ornament from the tree, buy the book, and bring it back to Habitat Tavern and Commons unwrapped.
Someone from Eliada will come by on Wednesday, December 21st to pick up the books for wrapping and distribution by Christmas. As a bonus, we also ask that if you have a favorite page or quote from the book that you buy, to leave the ornament marking that page, and we will do something creative with those images and words.
Peace to you all this season.
Matt, Jen, Jonathan, Matt, and McKel