Do you remember the Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"?
Many of us have children or grandchildren whose Christmas lists are long and gift requests that could break anyone's holiday budget. Wouldn't it be nice to have a Christmas wish as simple as "two front teeth"?
Kinship Partners has almost 50 children on its waiting list. For these children, the request is very simple, and it doesn't cost money - just time. At the top of their Christmas list is the desire to have a partner who will be a friend and spend some quality time with them.
Let me tell you about two of the boys on our waiting list.
Luke is an energetic, 5-year-old kindergartner who lives with his mother in Brainerd. He sees his father only a few times a year. Some of the activities Luke enjoys are swimming, wrestling, bike riding and drawing. Luke would love to try all kinds of sports. His mother describes him as very outgoing and not afraid of people.
Luke would like to have a partner who would do boy things. He says it would be OK to have a family as his partner and they could play at the park and go swimming.
Luke's mom believes it's important for him to have an adult male role model to bond with and also with whom he can do "guy things." She says Luke really likes "grandmas and grandpas."
Another boy on our waiting list is Steve, a 5-year-old who lives in Brainerd with his mom. His father is not a part of his life. Steve enjoys playing board games, playing baseball and watching birds. This winter he would love to try figure-skating.
Steve wants an adult partner who will teach him how to take care of pets and how to play "real" baseball and "real" soccer. He says to tell a prospective mentor that he is nice and kind. His mother describes him as a confident, outgoing child who has a great imagination. She would love him to have a positive male role model in his life.
Matching Luke and Steve with adult men or families who will be a consistent, responsible presence in their lives would make a great difference and make their Christmas wishes come true. The gift of time during the holiday season is much more important to kids than anything that can be bought and placed under a tree.
Call Kinship Partners at 829-4606 in Brainerd or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside the Brainerd area, call (877) 730-5437 and we will send you an application. Or visit our Web site at www.kinshippartners.org.
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