Twas Christmas Eve, Eve, Eve, at MCCI; wee Hector was thinking and gave out a sigh; a pare man on the street, with nae bed and nae hame; his belly was empty and his leg was all lame; how will Santa find him with nae roof o’er his head? Who will cook him dinner, oor wee Hector said; If I had one wish at this Christmas time, I’d wish for a bed for aw’ man kind. ’
These are the inspiring words of the youngsters at Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative (MCCI), and they mark the poignant start to the most heartwarming of videos this festive season.
The two and a half minute production was created entirely by the kids who are members of the local Friday night youth group, which runs weekly clubs and events for children, from pre-school to 16, at their base close to Methilhill Primary School.
From ‘The Night Before Christmas’-inspired Scots poem, to the acting, and filming, the kids got completely involved in creating the video, which is entitled ‘A Christmas Wish’.
It was created as part of a Children in Need sponsored project, ‘Creative Kids’, which gives local children the opportunity to take part in activities that they wouldn’t usually have the chance to access.
The youngsters have spent the last few weeks exploring drama, and then, over two club sessions, filmed their special message.
The film, which was shot on location at their outdoor premises in Methilhill and at Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church where the Friday night club takes place, explores some important themes for Christmas, including homelessness, loneliness and poverty, and the children speak of their wish to provide clothes, a hot meal and companionship for all in their community.
Shirley Faichney, MCCI manager, was keen to praise the children for their work and hopes everyone in the community has a chance to view the video, which has already been viewed over 130 times on YouTube and shared on Facebook too.
“We want to share their work as we’ve been blown away, not just by their motivation, enthusiasm, and talent, but also by the thought they put into it.
“They decided to make a short film about Christmas and in just four club sessions, they talked about what made Christmas special to them, how Christmas might not be so special for other people, and if there was anything other people could do to make sure it was a special time for everyone.”
Shirley said the poem, written by the kids, left them all stunned, and congratualted them on their hard work, despite horrible weather when they were filming, and their limited access to props and other filming equipment.
She added: “Our young volunteers helped the younger kids with the writing and organisation, while sessional workers helped with the actual filming and editing.
“We think the result is just incredible, and we’re so proud.”
And perhaps their parting message is one we should all remember this Christmas: “See, the spirit of Christmas canni be foond, in Xboxes, and tellys and too many a poond; it disnae exist in extravagant toys; no, it lies in the warm hearts of ye girls and ye boys.”
To view the video, go to our website at www.fifetoday.co.uk or go to YouTube and search ‘A Christmas Wish Methilhill’.