Easter Sunday holds fond childhood memories for many individuals. Miracle Hill Children’s Home strives to create similar memories for the children in care. With the help of deeply committed and loving staff as well as an extensive network of community volunteers, these children are able to share a “traditional” Easter experience in a family setting.
One child who has spent three springs with us recently shared that the some of the best parts of Easter here are the candy and the pretty dresses! She and our other residents have these memories because of the generous souls who donate to Miracle Hill. Easter baskets are always donated and assembled by various community members. Residents have been provided with new church clothes in a number of ways. Some years, Easter outfits are donated by groups or by individuals. Other years, members of our staff have been blessed to find beautiful clothing through our thrift stores. Often, we purchase clothing for the children, which is always an investment in a child’s self-esteem and self-image. The result is the same. …a magical experience where many of the young ladies feel like princesses and the young men look like dapper gentlemen – just like “normal” children in our communities.
After church, the children enjoy a traditional holiday meal of ham with delicious homemade sides before their egg hunts. One year, a group of residents caught a quick glimpse of a fluffy, white, cottony-tail as a little, brown bunny disappeared from view. There was SO much excitement! Many people take for granted the moments that are shared with loved ones at times like these.
The staff of Miracle Hill seeks every opportunity to build memories with the precious children who have been entrusted to us. We know that, for many of them, this may be the first time to hear the true story of Easter and the love that Jesus has for us all. We pray over these children that they might see the love of Christ shining through us. We pray that God gives us the words to speak so that seeds of faith may be planted and cultivated during the days, weeks, months or years that a child is placed at Miracle Hill. We are thankful for the season to care for each child, however long or short it may be.