Charlotte Congregational Church. Photo contributed

On December 17 six members of the junior youth group at the Charlotte Congregational Church packed care packages and distributed them on Church Street in Burlington. The care packages consisted of socks, hats, food and first aid kits. For us, it was an experience to expand our comfort zones and give some love to people who needed it.

At first when one man in a small group asked us to sing a Christmas carol, I wondered, “Can we really do this?” But we finally decided to sing “Away in a Manger,” a song that we had just done in our Christmas pageant. The reaction was immediate and amazing. Even after singing one verse, the men were either joining in with us, or closing their eyes, lifting their faces toward the sun. I think it really showed that even if you’re uncomfortable doing it at first, a little love can go a long way—not only to the person you’re giving it to, but to yourself as well.

We are planning to do it again later this month, and if you have any donations we would love if you could drop them off in Pastor Kevin Goldenbogen’s office at Charlotte Congregational Church (hats, scarves or donated money so we can buy food and other necessities), and we also encourage you to do it on your own. If you do decide to do it, we would love to hear from you.

Abernathy Bunting is in the 5th grade and a member of the junior youth group.