A resident of St Joseph’s Home admires a handcrafted gift from students of Magdalene’s Kindergarten during their recent visit. A resident of St Joseph’s Home admires a handcrafted gift from students of Magdalene’s Kindergarten during their recent visit.

Cheery, exuberant children stole the hearts of St Joseph’s Home residents recently as they sang, danced and gave away special handmade gifts to their appreciative audience.

The 70 kids from the Canossian-run Magdalene’s Kindergarten sang hymns and Easter songs, and danced to popular songs from the 1960s to the 1980s at the home located at Mandai Estate on April 19.

Their handcrafted gifts included an Easter cross, a tealight holder that proclaimed that Jesus had risen, and a card that said “Jesus Loves You”.

“I enjoyed making the gifts for the grandmas and grandpas,” said six-year-old Jing Yuan.

“I want to make them feel happy so that they know Jesus loves them,” said five-year-old Cedro.

According to the kindergarten, this Easter visit was to engage the children in projects that were meaningful and which instilled compassion. The visit also allowed the children to exemplify the Canossian foundress St Magdalene of Canossa’s mission to make Jesus known and loved.

The kindergarten, located at Sallim Road, also got parents involved by asking them to contribute items and donate money for red packets for the elderly.

“It was a pleasant exposure for the staff and children and it was a good way to make Easter memorable,” said Ms Imelda Anthony, principal of the kindergarten.

The school’s programme includes daily prayers, meditation and a weekly hour of faith formation.

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