CLAUDE W. BLACK CENTER’S HEALING HOLIDAY EVENT- 40 YEARS AND COUNTING
SAN ANTONIO – The Claude W. Black Center Advisory Board, in cooperation with healing souls, Inc., with assistance from H-E-B-, District 2, Amerigroup, local community, city and business partners, hosted the 40th Annual Healing Holiday Event at the Claude W. Black Community Center, Dec. 21.
Hundreds of children, along with their parents, grandparents, and guardians, attended the event which provided each child with a new toy, a book, a bag of school supplies, and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
In addition to volunteers distributing toys and hotdogs,numerous vendors were on-hand
to provide families with free-resource information.
According to Lawrence Tucker, advisory board president, the Healing Holiday would not be possible without the support of its partners and volunteers.
“It warms my heart to know that we have numerous organizations within the city that have our youth in their hearts,” said Tucker. “It is because of their annual donations that this event continues to exist. It demonstrates that they care about this community.”
Additionally, Tucker said that without the continued support of volunteers, the Healing Holiday would not have been so successful.
“Our volunteers are extremely important,” said Tucker. “Not only does volunteering warm their hearts, but also leaves a lasting impact on the community at large.”
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: District 2 Councilman William Shaw, H-E-B, Amerigroup, healing souls, Parks & Recreation Department, Department of Human Services, Claude Black Code Enforcement, San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio Black Police Officer Coalition, CPS Energy, Credit Human, Family Service Support, Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Q, the rk group, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Kiolbassa, Popeye’s Chicken, Grant Enterprises, Jaime’s Tire & Muffler Shop, Noble Gentlemen of San Antonio, R40 Photos, Moussa Temple No. 106, 19th Masonic District, and numerous others.