Building Trust

A thoughtful grandmother gave a very nice, cuddly teddy bear to a member of the Childhelp(R) staff, with instructions to pass it on to a child at a Childhelp facility. A six-year-old girl was selected to receive the gift.

A staff member, who is male, asked the girl if she would like to have the teddy bear. Her eyes lit up and an excited smile appeared instantly on her little face. Then, as quickly as the excitement materialized, a cloud of fear passed over her face. Her eyes darted anxiously around the room, silently asking, “What do I have to do to get the bear?”

Sensing what was on her mind, the staff member told her that if she liked the bear, she could have it. She didn’t have to do anything at all, but just take it. Her eyes turned to another Childhelp staff member she had come to trust. Her eyes asked if it was okay to take the bear. The second staff member nodded, smiling approval. The child reached out and took the bear. “Will I ever have to give it back to you?” she asked. “Never,” he answered.

The little girl hugged her new friend and ran down the hall to show the other children. She explained to them that she’d never have to give the bear back, no matter what. It was hers “just because” it was hers.

At Childhelp, we are dedicated to giving each child the belief and experience that they are valuable and lovable, “just because.”