It was Christmas, and the tension in our house was palpable. It felt like we were moving through mud just to complete tasks of daily living. I was about to turn 10 and felt like life had just been ripped out from under me. We had left the only home I'd ever known and our tight-knit community of 300 people for my dad’s new job. Sadly, the position was not a good fit, and my dad quickly resigned. For the first time in my life, I faced a new kind of Christmas that was well known in our section-8 housing; one without a tree, presents or Christmas cheer. My parents did their best. My mom started working at Burger King, and my dad took to the road doing job interviews. I crept through my anxiety-filled life praying that Christmas would somehow make its way into our home. Most afternoons you would find me taking comfort in my closet hide-out or on the floor of my mom’s room watching ‘Little House on the Prairie” on our 10” black and white TV.
Every year children around our nation face these same fears:
The fear of being forgotten.
The fear of having to lie to friends about Christmas gifts.
The fear of feeling pitied.
The fear of being alone.
The fear of being different or unworthy.
My prayers were answered. My grandparents came to the rescue and brought us a small tree and a gift for each of us. Santa was only able to provide a few gently used gifts that year. I got a telephone with Sports Illustrated written on the top (you know, the kind you get free with the magazine subscription). Despite all that, I will never forget the joy I found in that tree and the Care Bear sleeping bag my grandfather had placed under it. I wasn’t forgotten.
This Christmas we have the opportunity to remind a child that they have not been forgotten. In our area, we can give through the Bulverde/Spring Branch Angels. They are a community service organization supporting local children and businesses through two annual projects: Belle of the Ball and BSB Angel Tree.
Why do I love this ministry?
It is a community-wide collaborative program involving: Comal ISD's Community In Schools program, Provisions Food Pantry, Hope Center Ministries, The Lions Club, and many local businesses. These agencies cooperate, rather than compete, so that children know they are not forgotten.
These gifts are given in a way that maintains the whole family’s dignity.
Families have a relationship with agencies that nominate them from the program. These kids aren’t just names on a piece of paper.
Are you are interested in partnering with Bulverde/Spring Branch Angels? Check out their Website or Facebook page. Or stop by one of the local donation stations:
First United Bank
Be Fabulous Boutique
Bulverde Spring Branch Library
The Bulverde Thrift Store
Comal ISD Schools
Hair Tech Plus
Highway 46 Storage
Kathleen Banse State Farm Agency
Living Rock Academy
The Loft Coffee Shop
Provisions Food Bank
Spring Branch Bulverde Family Lions Club
Tammy's Crafts and More
Bloom Photography & Design