For many of the kids residing at LSS’s residential children’s centers, the Christmas holidays are painful reminders of childhoods broken or lost. So the staff at the centers, under the direction of the DOVs (Director of Volunteers), go out of their way to make it a happy and memorable time. Here is a little recap of how each center celebrated the Christmas holiday.
Krause Children’s Center, Katy
Krause Children’s Center’s annual “Christmas Wrapping Party” just gets bigger and better every year. This year more than 100 people came to help out! It was a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and to make sure the Krause kids all had an unforgettable time. After every child turned in their Christmas “Wish List,” they each received nine gifts – three clothing items, a board game, toiletries, and a calendar. The kids were so excited, and touched, by such generosity. One boy thanked the volunteers and said, “for most of us, this was probably the first Christmas we really got to enjoy!” This is a thank-you note from one of the boys:
New Life Children’s Center, Canyon Lake
Christmas arrived at New Life on December 14th with a Chicktime party. The Chicktime volunteers had assembled a gift tote bag for each girl that contained a hoodie and an assortment of fun presents. They all sang worship songs and Christmas carols together, and enjoyed a huge spread of Christmas goodies, complete with a chocolate fountain.
Leading up to and during the holidays, New Life residents participated in a myriad of service projects in the community. The list is impressive: the girls helped prepare and serve a meal for the homeless at Southside Community Center in San Marcos; volunteered at Canyon Lake Animal Shelter where they cleaned out kennels, swept and mopped the cat rooms, and helped walk the dogs; and a couple of girls from one cottage even donned Santa hats and rang the bell for the Salvation Army!
And finally, Santa visited each cottage on Christmas morning, leaving behind presents, cocoa and cookies, and a nice dose of good cheer.