Healing Holiday brings Joy to Eastside Community

SAN ANTONIO – The Claude W. Black Center Advisory Board, in cooperation with

 healing souls, Inc., with assistance from local community, city and business partners, to include District 2 Office,

H-E-B, and Amerigroup, hosted the 39th Annual Healing Holiday Event at the Claude W. Black Community Center, Dec. 22.

Hundreds of children, along with their parents, grandparents, and guardians, attended the event which provided each child with a new toy and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.


In addition to volunteers distributing toys and hotdogs, more than 30 vendors were on-hand to provide families with free-resource information.



According to Yolanda Jones, advisory board vice president, the event continues to amaze her.  


“It feels so good to see the children receive gifts each year,” said Jones, who is also the CEO of healing souls, Inc.  “It’s also nice to see the smiles on the faces of their parents as with the various costs of living going up, many parents may find it hard to purchase gifts for their children.”




Additionally, Jones said that without continued support of the community, city, and

business partners, and volunteers, the Healing Holiday would not have been so successful.   


“We thank our major supporters all the way down to the individual volunteer,” said Jones.  “When we ask, they give, and the fruits of their labors were revealed throughout the event.”  

Once the children received their gifts, they gathered in the Lincoln Park Gym for a gift raffle consisting of bicycles, e-tablets, H-E-B gift baskets/gift cards, and other items.


The event began approximately 39 years ago led by Ben Butler who wanted to do his part to bring joy during the holidays. His mission was to provide children from low-income families a gift, a book and family resources so that they can become self-sufficient.








A staple on the city’s Eastside, the Claude W. Black Community Center provides services to San Antonio and surrounding areas which include daily healthy meals for seniors, emergency utility assistance, and family services.

The advisory board thanks the following supporters:  Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s Office, District 2 Councilman William Shaw, H-E-B, Amerigroup, Wells Fargo, Disabled American Veterans - Chapter No. 126, Frost Bank, Parks & Recreation Department, Department of Human Services, Aetna Delta, Claude Black Code Enforcement, Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Q, SeaWorld, the rk group, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Kiolbassa, Popeye’s Chicken, San Antonio Zulu Association, Noble Gentlemen of San Antonio, R40 Photos, Moussa Temple No. 106, 19th Masonic District, Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation, Southern Style Magazine, and numerous others.


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