Grace Gives Back
Grace youth want to help others! In 2011, they created Grace Gives Back, a community service group that plans their own projects to help people in need. Often, they are passionate about helping victims of large disasters. Some recent fundraisers include: a Crazy 80s Dance to raise money for the Philippines; a flash bake sale held all over Madison to raise money for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes; a dog biscuit sale to help a severely ill parishioner; and a craft market to raise money for the people in Haiti.
Kids in Grades K to 9 participate in these events, in a variety of ways. For example, kids of all ages baked and packaged the dog biscuits. Older youth held the Crazy 80s dance, and each grade created its own offering for the Haiti craft market.
Grace Sibshop for Kids
Grace offers Sibshop 4 Kids, a group for young people who have siblings with physical or emotional challenges. This group meets about once a month and includes families in our greater community. Mary McManus, a parishioner who grew up with a disabled sister, runs Sibshop with loving leadership and compassion. The group plays games, creates crafts, meets for ice cream or enjoys outdoor picnics. Primarily, they support each other’s journeys and gifts.
Throughout the year, Grace invites its young parishioners to help others in our larger community. In November, children package all the fixings of a Thanksgiving dinner in brown bags we bring to our local Soup Kitchen. On Pajama Sunday, the kids collect PJs for homeless children. In addition, they pack backpacks with school supplies in September and put together care packages for our soldiers a few times a year.
The Girls of Grace have created, produced and starred in our annual production of Doll since 2010. This is an opportunity for the kids to put on a play loosely inspired by the American Girl Doll stories. They develop the ideas for the skits, and perform to sold-out houses at the Madison Community House. The proceeds from each production are used to create a college scholarship that is awarded each June to a High School Senior. Doll 5 raised $2800 for this scholarship.