Alexis B. Williamson, a sixthgrader at the F. Garrison School of Visual & Performing Arts Middle School, is a shining example of a child who doesn’t just want to receive gifts but wants to share her talents with her community.
Alexis, a December baby, knew her 12th birthday was coming up recently and she wanted to do something that demonstrated a spirit of giving. She discussed what she wanted to do with her mother Ella Williamson and this is what they decided to do.
Rather than invite friends over to a birthday party, they decided to take a holiday party to senior citizens at Tara at Thunderbolt Nursing Home.
Alexis started playing the piano in grammar school. She kicked off the show with a few familiar tunes: “Jingle Bell Rock,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” “The First Noel” and “Hark the Harold Angels Sing.” Her friends Aisha Duck, and Jax Ellis, both 12, played the violin and Drew Ellis played jazz during the concert in the dining hall.
About 50 guests seemed to like the Christmas Carols. They snapped their fingers, bobbed their heads and grinned with happiness. Ria Dunham, another friend from Pooler, helped to sing and to give out the homemade festive pillow cases that Williamson and her mother made for the residents at Tara.
“We can’t forget the seniors,’’ said Alexis who also handed out slices of her birthday cake donated by Wilhelmenia Dean and members of First Congregational Church in Savannah. “They helped form what America is today.” “This kind of thing instills the spirit of giving,’’ said Dean, a retired Savannah educator.
Said Jax, “It felt good to be doing something for Christmas and not just receiving.” Alexis’ mother Ella Williamson said she hopes that this is a lesson all children will grow to appreciate. And other parents, such as Brenda Duck, said she will share the concept with others. “It was such as great ideal for her to do this.”