Now it's Claire's job to try and create this memory with our children. "I have enjoyed going through the millions of ideas online and working with my mom to create this creative crafts for our children," says Claire. "It is our way of making sure members of our congregation who have lost loved ones know that they are loved and cared for during a difficult season."
Though Claire and her mother, Judy Kermitz, along with other volunteers, do a lot of preparation, it is the children who create cards and ornaments and fill the bags with goodies to be given to families at Night of Caring.
"As our children prepare ornaments to share, I can not help but feel an overwhelming sense of sadness as I go through the list of church members who have lost loved ones. I can not help but think that the holidays are a little different for the names on my list. I can't but to feel that this year will be particularly difficult for these families," remarks Claire.