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Being a Contemplative in Action Christmas In The City is a volunteer run non-profit organization established in 1989 Their mission is to support and mentor Bostons homeless families They started out by just trying to make the holidays memorable for children staying in Boston area shelters This was a perfect opportunity for me to be a contemplative in action This event lasted for five hours making my project incomplete by five hours The service involved setting up tables walking around in costumes entertaining children and helping the staff with other miscellaneous jobs The Christmas in the City staffs mission was to give kids a chance to have a real Christmas with real presents and give them an experience they would remember This was an eye-opener for me because I experience how many people are actually too poor to have a real Christmas I felt guilty at first then felt pride in the fact that I was enriching these peoples experience for Christmas Jesus was with me during this whole experience and He helped me give these children an entertaining time I dressed up as a Scooby-Doo and walked around posed for pictures with families and played along with the children Their faces were so excited during the time it made the experience very rewarding I felt like I was actually doing something worthwhile The children were all given gift bags but the most important thing is they were given gifts that they asked for on wish lists they had written months earlier This year the staff was almost short by 900 toys They asked the community for help and they responded making the event a success I felt proud to be part of an event that reached out to so many children and gave them such a good time It was a completely
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