In February we had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year with our kids and staff at SHH. Chinese New Year is usually one of the busiest times at SHH because some of our caregivers are given time off to travel back to their hometown so they can celebrate with their families. However, despite our low staffing situation, the Home continued to run smoothly throughout CNY thanks to a lot of help from some of our regular volunteers who remained in Shanghai during the holiday. Every day we had several volunteers scheduled to come in and help us care for the kids.
Several generous donations were also given by our thoughtful donors with instructions to do something special for our children in celebration of CNY. So during that week we were able to do some extra special things with the children:
One afternoon we took the kids to watch the Peppa Pig CNY movie complete with popcorn.
One afternoon several of our staff and volunteers worked hard to make more than 400 dumplings. Our staff member that is in charge of making the dumplings is from a part of China that is famous for its dumplings so the dumplings were absolutely delicious!
We were very fortunate to experience an unusually warm spring-like day during CNY. We took advantage of the warm weather by taking the kids to the Wishing Star Park and Disneytown. To top off the evening, we stopped by the Cheesecake Factory for an amazing dinner. It was so much fun letting the kids get to try many different kinds of dishes and desserts!
And of course, it wouldn't be CNY without giving the kids a red pocket filled with candy!