Christian Activity Center

Caring for kids in East St. Louis…

Girls care for those in local nursing home

Contributed by Sally Horstmann, CAC Development Assistant

For many years, I was blessed to be part of a worship team at Willowcreek Nursing Facility in Belleville, Ill. I fell in love with the residents there and have brought different church and family groups to visit my sweet friends.

In late April, I took CAC students, Ahmonique, Niecy and Marshay, to Willowcreek to visit. Without one spec of exaggeration, these three girls were the sweetest, most sincere, caring and compassionate children I have EVER taken. Each time we went into a resident's room they would immediately hug them! Even the residents who had spilled food on themselves or may not have smelled very made NO difference. The girls even sang for them! Niecy sang "Amazing Grace," and all three girls together sang "Jesus is Sweeter than Chocolate,” a well-known song at CAC.

As I drove them home later that evening, they were STILL talking about their visit and wanting to know when we could go again. CAC has the most wonderful kids in the world!

(Note: Ms. Sally has volunteered with the Center’s grade school students for over 15 years, and she has been on staff for a year. She, and other staff members, make it a priority to regularly take students out in the community to see new environments, people and God’s love for them.)