Our hope is to make Christmas magical for homeless children in Montgomery County.
A little girl whose family currently resides in Family Promise, a homeless shelter for children and their families, has requested a giant teddy bear for Christmas.
It is our tradition to help make Christmas extra special for the homeless children and their parents participating in Family Promise of Montgomery County. Each year, churches “adopt” the families for Christmas and respond to the wish lists created by the children. The churches purchase up to $100 worth of gifts for the children and a $50 gift card for each parent to buy a little something for themselves. Many times parents will use the cards to buy a little extra for their children so they can feel as if they did get their child a gift. Which is why in most cases, the churches add in extra gift cards.
It is not easy being homeless.
Parents are stressed as they worry about the next meal, the next bed, and the next few dollars they will have to provide for their children. Homelessness is even harder on the children. They struggle to keep their personal lives private while they work hard to fit in at school, not feel different, and focus on their schoolwork. How difficult it must be, not only to be homeless, but also to go through it during the Christmas season. Homeless children watch all the other children receive gifts and celebrate the season with happy families, full bellies, and return to school with many exciting stories. The hope is to help make this time of year a little easier for our parents and a little more magical for the children as they deal with the crisis of being homeless.
Many people have played a significant role in helping our families to have a Merry Christmas throughout the years. This year, ten children will have a very Merry Christmas, and not only will they receive items from their wish lists, but they will also be receiving new bicycles assembled by employees of Waste Connections, Inc. in The Woodlands. Adams Transfer & Storage Co. in Conroe delivered the bikes to our facility at no cost. The children will also get a personal visit from Santa; special thanks to Conroe Business Solutions, LLC.
Soon, Barry the Bear (his temporary name) will be in the loving arms of his new owner. He will be her new friend to snuggle with, hug, and be a symbol of the love shown to this little girl by her community during a time when her family was in crisis.
Thank you for helping us to give a child their smile back. Together, we change lives!