Exchanging the Gift Exchange

Do you remember classroom gift exchanges as a child?
Perhaps you participate in Christmas gift exchanges with family and friends.
At Messiah, we have exchanged the idea of a gift exchange for the value of service and giving — with no expectation of receiving.
It has become a tradition for Messiah students to select an outreach target and to pool their giving each Christmas to support something outside of their classroom, their friends, and themselves. This tradition has spilled out into birthday parties, where it is not at all surprising for children to be encouraged to bring something that supports a local mission or Messiah’s library or P.E. program. Again, the focus is outward! This is indeed a transformation that God is working in hearts that can by nature be fairly selfish. 
This year, Messiah’s classrooms are supporting the following missions.
PreSchool: City Impact‘s
 Gifts of Love program
Kindergarten: Mittens and Hats for People’s City Mission
 (in January)
1st Grade: Gifts for patients at Omaha Children’s Hospital
2nd Grade (Borcherding): Items for the 6th Floor Playroom at Omaha Children’s Hospital 
2nd Grade (Vannoy): Supplies for the Humane Society
3rd Grade
4th Grade: Nail polish, hair bows & ribbons, Beanie Boos, and safety glasses for Royal Family Kids Camp
5th Grade: Fleece blankets for Friendship Home
Messiah faculty and staff: Following the lead of our students, your Messiah staff is foregoing it’s traditional Christmas party gift exchange. We are providing gifts for Lincoln Food Fort in partnership with Calvary Lutheran Church.
If you would like to learn more about any of these missions, go ahead and click on their name. Perhaps your family can find an opportunity to serve as well.