Temperatures are dipping into freezing, and the “freeze shelter” at Wheeling WV’s Youth Service System is set to open this Sunday to help those in the city’s streets with nowhere to weather the cold. A preschool class, during “circle time,” has decided to do their part to help the city’s homeless as well.
Even children are aware of the plight of society’s less fortunate (a lesson those who subscribe to the damaging Tea Party ideology would do well to learn) as the nights turn colder. As the freeze shelter prepares for the difficult winter ahead, six-year-old Braden Wade came up with the idea that his class at Sikora Montessori School should do something to help.
Braden’s compassionate attitude seems to stem from good parenting. He explained that the idea com from his mother’s compassion for the homeless. “When my mom was driving, she saw a man walking on the street, and she gave him chili,” said Braden. When he asked her why, he says she told him it was to “spread the love.”
Braden has decided he wants to spread the love as well, and his class wholeheartedly and enthusiastically agreed. They worked tirelessly for the past two weeks to collect blankets for the homeless, with much success! Students, parents, and teachers diligently helped out with donations of blankets, sleeping bags, and other useful items. According to a teacher at the school, many children even donated their comfort blankets.
Over 100 blankets have been collected so far. The class will continue to gather blankets until 3 p.m. on Friday, when they will drop them off at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center. The blankets will then be donated to the freeze shelter, where many of the city’s less fortunate will spend warmer nights thanks to the warm hearts of a group of amazing children.
The freeze shelter expects to almost be at capacity as soon as they open, so they need all the help they can get! If you would like to be a part of “Operation: Spread the Love,” Sikora Montessori school’s phone number is (304) 905-8453. Call and ask how you can help!
Alternatively, blankets can be mailed to:
2108 Lumber Ave
Wheeling, WV 26003