This is the third year Gonzales and helpers have held the “Secret Santa” toy delivery in the Three Rivers school area. “In the past, I set up a Christmas tree at TR Elementary School but I am not doing that this year. The school counselor would put a little card on the Christmas tree with the children’s age, grade and number so that their identity stayed anonymous. Then various members of the community would take a card off of the tree to buy the gifts,” said Gonzales.
“This year instead of doing that we decided to sell ‘Secret Santa’ sponsor T-shirts and ask for a minimum donation of $20,” Gonzales said. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go towards the underprivileged children from the TRISD Elementary list, she continued.
“The reason we changed the method was to make sure every child received a gift. In the past we had occasions where some children were not picked and I would have to take the remaining cards and go out and buy gifts at the last minute. This way I can do my best to sort it out and try to get them what they want or something close to what is on their wish list,” said Gonzales.
In addition to help from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, my children will be wrapping all the gifts. That makes for a win-win situation for all; I am able to teach my children to be thankful for their blessings and to help others in the community.
If you would like to be a part of this worthy cause and help the children in the community, please purchase a Secret Santa Sponsor T-shirt at South Texas Custom Printing on Thornton Street in Three Rivers or view one at The Progress office. Call 449-0980 for more information, said Gonzales.
“It is such a great feeling to see the happy children as they greet Santa on Christmas Eve,” she said.