When Becky Cannon received a gift of a children's party at the Irmo Funzone, she decided it might be fun to throw a December birthday celebration that would resonate with kids long after the last piece of cake was cut.
"I told my 7-year-old daughter, we don't have any birthdays in December except one, and she said, 'Who?'" Then, Cannon said, it dawned on 7-year-old Peyton: Jesus.
So Monday night, 20 children, including Cannon's two older children, Jonathan, 13, and Madison, 12, bounced and jumped and slid on the Funzone's inflatables.
The children were asked to bring a canned good or other nonperishable food item to benefit Sharing God's Love, an Irmo ministry that aids struggling families and individuals.
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"In talking with my family, we said the kids get so much throughout the year it might be nice at this time of year to give back to someone else," Becky Cannon said last week.
The Cannon family are members of Christus Victor Lutheran Church on Harbison Boulevard. The gift of the party emerged from two programs at the church, Secret Sisters and the annual holiday silent auction.
Member Mary Nichols was Becky Cannon's Secret Sister and bid on the party.
"It certainly isn't a stable in Bethlehem but promises to give the children a special opportunity to celebrate Christ's birth," Nichols said.
Becky Cannon said the family invited children from school, church and her husband Randy's office.
"I'm hoping they will be touched by what we are doing and learn a little bit about Jesus, and that is why we are having the party, to celebrate him and help others."