Mayfield Senior School Students and Alumnae Celebrate Christmas at the Good Shepherd Shelter

Published : Monday, January 7, 2013 | 7:03 PM

Students create art projects with children living at the Good Shepherd Shelter during the Alumnae and Student Service Day. Photo by Mayfield Senior School

After school was released for the Christmas holiday, Mayfield Senior School students came together one last time on a Saturday morning to spread Christmas joy and cheer to children and mothers living at the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles. Joined by alumnae, they led the children in crafts, games and carols.

The morning culminated in a grand visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves, who handed out toys to the children and gift baskets to mothers. These toys were donated by students at Mayfield in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and a force of volunteers stayed after the Kris Kinds festivities on the last day of classes to wrap them for the children and families. Because of the generosity of the Mayfield community, each child was given several gifts at a time in their lives when they’re not sure if Santa even knows where they live. The most important gift Mayfield students gave the families was love and Christmas cheer with the spirit of the Holy Child in their hearts.

The Good Shepherd Shelter is a ministry of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd which houses women and children affected by domestic violence in a safe place. The Sisters provide the families with trauma therapy programming and dedicated service to mothers who are motivated to break the cycle of violence in their lives and families. Mayfield Senior School students and alumnae host three service days at the shelter each year, for Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

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