CHRISTMAS through the eyes of LITTLE EDEN Angels
You have seen them in our current mail appeal – the story of our twins, Shadreck and Mishack finding a home at LITTLE EDEN (https://www.littleeden.org.za/)
Their story teaches us that all we need for Christmas is time to spend with the people we love! And if the twins could talk, this is what they would say:
This is our first Christmas that we spend without our family. And we are not the only new ones here because Zach, Tshepo and frail little Dikeledi are also spending their first Christmas at LITTLE EDEN.
We miss our home where we lived our whole six years – with all the hugs and kisses from our loved ones! But a visit from mom on Christmas Day is enough because we have many ‘mothers’ now who love us just as much as our own family!
Our LITTLE EDEN brothers and sisters who have spent previous Christmases here say the daily routine of waking up, being washed and cleaned, having breakfast and all the other meals, taking daily our daily medication, night time baths and back to bed again remain the same. The only difference is that there is no “school” or other therapy activities because the therapy team and volunteers are on holiday.
Well, after all the Christmas Concerts in November and events such as Christmas parties and cookie baking in December, we too need some time to rest and reflect!
So, we believe from the stories we heard from the other residents that most of the
LITTLE EDEN Angels will still be here at our two Homes. Things will be more or less the same each day. In the late afternoon, after our nap and snacks, our sister Operah will still bum-shuffle around us and our other sister, Sibongile will walk around, as every afternoon, pestering us. All while the sparrows come close to where most of us are sitting in our wheelchairs because they know they are safe to hop around us.
The twins would also say: What makes us happy at LITTLE EDEN is the unconditional love of our house mothers and fathers, caring staff and staff who see that everything in our Homes runs smoothly as usual.
These women (and men) love dearly! And we see how they cry when we get sick or taken away by death! We know they will be here for us – no matter what day of the year! They have endless patience with us in cleaning and clothing us (sometimes many times a day!), helping us to eat, giving us our medication and allowing us to become the best we can ever be!
Even on public holidays the staff in the kitchen will, as every day, prepare our meals and our carers will see that we are fed and clean and have clean rooms, bedding and clothes. And the daily 2,5 ton of washing is done, even if it is Christmas day! Jannie in blue wing enjoys helping with some chores, especially helping his house mother with folding and packing clothing.
The twins would finally say: Because our carers are so special to us, we are happy when they get a special meal and snack pack when they work on Christmas and New Year’s Day. They leave their families and their own children at home to care for us with the heart of a parent!
Use this time of #ChristmasGiving to spread your love towards the twins and the rest of our Angels, by donating any amount towards their care. You can donate through:
• Givengain https://www.givengain.com/cause/11242/
• Little Eden website https://www.littleeden.org.za/donate.php
• Pay your gift of love directly into LITTLE EDEN’s bank account:
ACCOUNT NAME: Little Eden Society
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 5468 0928 009
BRANCH No.: 252-442
Remember your reference: #Twins plus your cell number