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Published: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 11:51:42 AM

Bittersweet Xmas for kids

Celebrating together: Residents of Trinity Children’s Home setting up their angel-themed Christmas tree.

Celebrating together: Residents of Trinity Children’s Home setting up their angel-themed Christmas tree.

PETALING JAYA: This year’s Christ­mas celebration has been a bittersweet occasion for Trinity Chil­dren’s Home.

It has not received any invitation from any organisation to celebrate the special day with them.

“The children are disappointed. They were hoping to visit some interesting places,” said the home’s assistant administrator Daisy Abishegam.

She said that unlike previous years, none of the children had been invited to attend Christmas events at hotels this time.

“Nevertheless, the children have remained positive and opted to look on the bright side,” she added.

“None of us will be going home to our families, so we will celebrate Christmas together,” said 12-year-old Brian Stanley.

Brian and his brother Steven, 10, have called the place home for seven years.

During Christmas last year, they both played Santa Claus.

“We wanted to make the other children happy. We dressed up as Santas,” the boys said.

Despite it being the Christmas season, the children do not ask about their parents as they feel that they have nothing to worry about since the place feels like home.

The children fondly call their three caregivers — Mary, Helen and Daisy — citti, which means younger mother in Tamil.

The children also regard the co-founders of the home — Joseph and Nancy Clements — as their parents.

Trinity Children’s Home runs on donations and sponsorships, and houses 20 children at any one time.

The children at the home come from broken families.

In some cases, they had been abused.

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