At 9:30 am on Saturday November 29th, I, along with 80+ student volunteers spent my morning at USC’s Children’s Holiday Party.
The USC Charity Committee organized this event for local children to come to the university to participate in multiple holiday activities.
The children were paired with ‘buddies’ as soon as they arrived, and were sent on their way to rotate throughout the diverse amount of stations.
Stations consisted of:
- Gingerbread cookie decorations
- Guitar Hero (my personal fave)
- Snowflake decorating
- Arts and crafts
- The movie Elf
- Snowball fight
- Marshmellow snowmen
and best for last…
- MEETING SANTA CLAUS!
It was so precious seeing all the children light up as soon as they entered the room. At times we lose perspective when we’re stuck in the “Western bubble”. I’m not sure if this applies to anyone else, but I know that I often forget that we, as students, are not the only individuals in London. I found it so odd at first, but refreshing to see adults and children on campus because I am then reminded of how much we can also learn from them.
My favourite moment was when we announced that a very special guest was entering the room and I saw every child immediately stop what they were doing and book it to the front of the stage to see… who else could it be?
SANTA CLAUS WAS IN TOWN!! Never in my life had I smiled from so much contentment. Being around all the children yesterday warmed my heart immensely as I was able to set aside all the stress of school and simply be a child once again.
I think over 100 boxes of pizza were ordered and there was loads of coffee and hot chocolate.
At the afternoon came to an end, the committee made sure we didn’t leave without a stash of candy canes, a fix of hot chocolate and a stomach full of pizza. We were well taken care of, and the entire day was splendid.
I will never forget how happy those children were to see Santa.