Another Kind of Home for the Holidays

December 2011 - Community
by Aïda Rogers

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December 2011 - Community

There are two villages two miles apart in Columbia, and between them, they’re raising about 120 children. While the children at Epworth Children’s Home and Carolina Children’s Home don’t have typical family situations, their villages provide them with just about everything else – food, shelter, clothing, education, health care, and guidance on how to live each day. At Christmas, hard-working staffers and a generous community make sure the children are remembered.

There are presents. Holiday dinners. Decorated trees and cottages. But there’s that extra something too, that intrinsic awareness that assures them they’re not alone, even if their parents can’t take care of them, even if they know they’ll never go home again. Here’s a peek into these villages at Christmas. Indeed, they are universes unto themselves.

Epworth Children’s Home
“After Thanksgiving is when the whole fun begins,” says Taylor Perry, 18. Her face brightens talking about it. At Epworth now for almost eight years, Taylor knows that in September she and the other children will compile their wish lists, and many of those wishes will come true on Christmas Day. Cottage Partners – individuals, businesses or groups who’ve adopted a cottage – will have Christmas parties for the children. Hot chocolate and cookies are served December 7-14, when community members drive through the 32-acre campus to drop off goodies and look at the decorated cottages.

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