Children learn kindness lessons during pandemic
A kaleidoscope of pencils, pencils and tissue paper spreads out across the kitchen table as 10-year-old Izzie neatly folds a handwritten letter and 8-year-old Evie tucks the items away in her gift bag.
During the pandemic, the Tigner siblings sent their letters and gift bags to the elderly in their Gilbert community, according to a statement.
“We’re doing this to show how much we care about them,” Izzie said.
The efforts of the children touched hearts.
Their great-grandmother, who lives in an assisted living facility, was particularly moved when she and her neighbors received cards and a care package from the Tigner family at the onset of COVID-19.
“She really enjoyed the work that [Izzie and Evie] set out to make cards for herself and her neighbors, ”explained Paula, the girls’ mother. “A lot of them don’t have families anymore so they really liked it.”
He is one of the many families of Jehovah’s Witnesses who help teach their children powerful object lessons in compassion and community service.
Love of neighbor is a central tenet of Christianity for Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is the driving force behind the organization’s prosecution, the statement said.
“Jesus taught that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving,” Robert Hendriks III, US spokesperson for the organization, said in the statement. “So when children learn to recognize the needs of others and to touch them from the heart, they learn life skills that will contribute to happy lives and also benefit society as a whole. “
In 2013, Jehovah’s Witnesses launched a series of videos designed to help parents cultivate qualities such as kindness and empathy in young children. The Lively Adventures of Caleb and Sophia, an adorable brother-sister duo, teach lessons in everything from sharing with others to respecting people of all races.
Some titles in the Caleb and Sophia video series – available at jw.org – include:
- “Respect the elders”
- “To reach”
- “To love all kinds of people”
- “Giving makes you happy”
- “Be kind and share”
- “Help others”
- “Love your neighbor”
Jude Nordgren, 9, and his sister, Rain, 7, have sent dozens of homemade cards and drawings to fire and police stations, social workers and nursing homes in their hometown of Waterford, in Virginia.
Their cousin Kaylee, who has Down’s syndrome, participates by painting colorful scenes depicting the animals she hopes to play with in the earthly paradise described in the scriptures.
“I hope people like my dolphins,” said the 15-year-old.
In September, the Purcellville, Va., Police Department took to their Facebook page to thank the children of Nordgren for their cards and artwork: “Thank you for thinking of us and helping to brighten up our day! #communitykindness #thanking #recognizing. “
“Regardless, they are thriving,” Nordgren said. “They have experienced the joy of giving, and it is an invaluable feeling.”
For more information on the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, visit jw.org.