Volunteers Make Christmas Special for Guest Families
‘Tis the season of giving, and there’s no better gift than the gift of Christmas! We have facilitated Christmas “adoptions” for our current and graduate guest families who celebrate the holiday. Guest families will provide a Christmas wish list which is then passed along to a generous volunteer who gets to play Santa. The gifts arrive wrapped and ready to take their place under a family’s tree.
This year we were able to secure enough volunteers to provide gifts for 24 families ranging in size from two to seven. Most of the parents wished for basic home goods or work clothes, while the children asked for all sorts of games, bicycles, books, and toys. No matter what gifts are provided, the families will enjoy the magic of a Christmas morning spent unwrapping presents together.
“My kids will be happy with anything they’re given,” one mother said when filling out her list.
This process is truly a joy for everyone involved. The experience is also a reminder of what the holidays represent: family and generosity.
As the gifts start being delivered, one thing is certain—our volunteers are definitely making Santa’s nice list this year!