mother's dayThis past week at Anselma House, the Child and Youth program and the Food and Nutrition program have teamed up to develop a Mother’s Day activity which would honour the love and care that our Moms give to their children every day.

Our Mothers Day activity was inspired by the story “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn. This story tells the tale of a young Raccoon named Chester who struggles with the idea of leaving his Mother to go to school. The Mother raccoon places a kiss in the center of his palm and tells  him “whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving  from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think ‘Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you’.”

We felt that the best way to acknowledge our Moms on Mothers Day was for the children to give their Moms a Kissing Hand too!  The children that participated in this program helped create hand shaped cookies with small red hearts in the center of each palm to represent their kiss for their Mom. By the children presenting these cookies to their Moms, we hope to fill their hearts with the special words “Your children love you, Your children love you!”