In honor of the 90th anniversary of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago, Sunday Church School students completed 90 Acts of Kindness.
Assumption Kids Practice 90 Acts of Kindness
An innovative Sunday school project encourages kindness and celebrates the parish’s 90th anniversary.
90 Acts for 90 Years
Led by Director Christina Arvanites, in September 2014, Assumption Sunday Church School embarked on a unique challenge: complete 90 Acts of Kindness in honor of the parish’s 90th anniversary celebration, which will take place Sunday, October 18.
“We challenged all the kids, of all ages, to participate in these acts of kindness, for a multitude of organizations and causes,” explained Arvanites. “The children shared their ideas for organizations, and with the blessings of our priest, the Very Rev. Timothy G. Bakakos, we began last fall. They enthusiastically accepted the challenge, and I’m proud to say, we completed that goal,” Christina announced.
Each child had the opportunity to do an individual act of kindness. Each wrote a short description of a kind act, and every Sunday one name will was randomly drawn to have their “Act of Kindness” read in the parish’s St. Catherine’s Chapel. The child then received a leaf to write their name on it and add it to the Tree of Kindness.
“Our goal was that our children would look back and see times when they have been a disciple of Christ in showing acts of kindness, courage, perseverance and service,” Christina explained.
90 Acts of Kindness Supported Many Great Causes
For their first act of kindness, kids collected pajamas and socks for children in Greece, via the organization, Ark of the World. They also participated in the ALS Bucket Challenge. Other acts included baking and selling sweets to benefit the Sarah’s Inn Shelter for domestic abuse victims; making snack packs for kids for Teen Living Program Chicago, an organization that assists homeless teens in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods; visiting and providing a day of pampering to oncology patients at Rush Hospital through the efforts of an organization called Simply from the Heart; visiting, playing games, and socializing with residents at Greek American Rehabilitation Center; collecting gently used clothes and new bedding for disabled residents of group homes in the Metropolis of Monemvasia and Sparta, Greece; decorating paper lunch bags and filling them with small toiletries items for use at Fisher House, which provides temporary housing for families of veterans receiving care at Hines VA Hospital; assembling hygiene kits for IOCC; cooking dinner for children at Hephzibah Home, which provides short and long term group homes for children traumatized by neglect and abuse; and so much more.
Students completed the challenge one month ahead of schedule, and celebrated their success at a special luncheon last Sunday after Divine Liturgy.
“We celebrated their success. This was a very big undertaking, but they rose to the challenge. We’re so proud of them. They should be very proud of this accomplishment,” Christina stated.
The community of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago will celebrate 90 years of faith and love at a gala celebration on Sunday, October 18 at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL. All are invited to take place in the celebration, “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future.” Tickets are still available.
TheAssumption Community celebrated its 90th anniversary on Sunday, October 18 at Carlisle Banquets, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL.
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