In keeping with the commitment of Jack and Jill of America Inc. to provide community service, the Philadelphia Chapter sponsored a Thanksgiving Holiday event. The theme of the activity was “Thinking of others through the Holiday Season.” The holiday activity, hosted by Leslie Burrell, MiaIsha Brown, Tara Tucker and Meredith Fitzpatrick, involved “Fledglings” and “Nestlings” who are the youngest members of the organization.
The late Marion Stubbs founded Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in 1939 in Philadelphia. Initially, twenty mothers came together to discus creating an organization that would provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for young people between the ages of two and 19.
This joint activity included 15, 2-8 year olds brought together at the home of mother, MiaIsha Brown in Philadelphia. The activity started with story time where the mother’s read “Thinking of Those in Need,” a Bernstein Bears Classic, to the children. After the reading, there was a discussion about what the book meant to the children.
“It makes me feel good to think of other people, and it makes the world happy,” was the response from 7-year-old Kelby Nicolas Hampton. “It makes me happy to give to others and share with others,” offered 8-year-old Zoie Spears. “It makes me proud to do this kind of activity that helps other people,” commented 8-year-old Samuel Brown, a member of the Fledglings group.
Nestling members are: Camryn Brown, daughter of Camille Brown;
Kendall Dixon, daughter of Kimberly Turner; Ian Ferrell, son of Iva Johnson Ferrell; Savannah Fitzpatrick, daughter of Meredith Fitzpatrick; Maya Gibbs, daughter of Alanda Gibbs; Sebastian Wesley Hamilton, son of Loren Clifford Hamilton; Lena Johnson daughter of Kimya Pendleton Johnson; Zoie Reynolds, daughter of Rakia Reynolds and Tatym Tucker, daughter of Tara McCown Tucker.
Fledglings members are: Nicholas Baker, son of Marcia Shephard-Baker; Samuel Brown, son of MiaIsha Brown; Krista Burgess, daughter of Anne Rice-Burgess; Aubrey Carter, son of Stephanie Branch Carter; Noble DeMarco son of Caroline DeMarco; Kelby, son of Leslie Burrell; Grant Houston, son of Ily Houston; Laila Johnson, daughter of Kimya Pendleton Johnson; Taylor Portluck, daughter of Courtney Portluck; Zoie Spears, daughter of Adrienne Sims-Spears; Michael Stinson, son of Myya-Makeda Stinson; Joaquin Weeks, son of Maqueda Randall-Weeks; Channing Wells, son of Alexia Wells and Nyla Williams, daughter of Ferris Smith.
The children were divided into groups to assemble holiday meal bags for 10 local families in need. With a call to action by activity sponsors and chapter president Victoria Mason, a chapter-wide food drive secured a portion of the necessities for a traditional a holiday meal. The bags included all the delicious traditional dishes such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, greens, green beans, corn, corn bread, assorted deserts and of course, cranberry sauce. Ten turkey certificates were donated by the activity sponsors, with assistance from a local grocer. The nestlings, the babies of the group, were delighted as they created decorations with seasonal messages for the bags.
“One of the goals of this joint activity was to raise the children’s awareness of their responsibility to serve our communities by giving. We also brought our youngest groups together to share in the work of the day and encourage our mothers and children to bond through this experience,” said Leslie Burrell.
Today, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has more than 220 chapters nationwide. More than 30,000 families are represented in the organization and service projects such as this are a part of each chapter’s annual planning.
The positive aspect of instilling a sense of community responsibility in our children at an early age is commendable. Please keep up the good, much needed, work!
Have a fantastic week everyone!