The little boy tried to sleep, in the darkened room that night,
He closed his eyes and tried not to hear in case there’d be no toy,
There’s a sound, he thought, it could be him he shivered with a fright,
If he finds me here wide awake, I’ll be one unhappy little boy.
Downstairs the team in the family hub were laying out the toys.
Some big, some small, some heavy, some light, all wrapped in a beautiful way,
Some for mammies and daddies some for girls and for boys
So we could all make it a special day.
Even if, you’re not in your house, on this coming Christmas day,
Santa will know who, where and why, and just what stuff you need,
And Santa and Prancer and Rudolf and all will pull in and stop on the way,
For a child is a child, that we all need to love, to support and strengthen and feed.
So happy Christmas, to all of you who are not at home this year,
We’ll try our best to make it nice, with food and love and care,
To all the children, waiting for the man in red, hoping their letter was clear
The Crosscare team will make sure there’s enough nice stuff for all of us to share.
Adrian McKenna is a Social Care Professional ; he has worked for many years with young people and adults in residential care, detention services, mental health services and post-adoption services. He currently works with a large Dublin-based charity. He is a Member of Social Care Ireland, The Irish Association of Social Care Workers, Social Justice Ireland and sits on the Social Care Workers Board at CORU.