Community brings Joy to Children during Annual Gift Giveaway

SAN ANTONIO – (Dec. 20, 2019) The Claude W. Black Center Advisory Board in partnership with the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation (501(c)3) and City Council Office of District 2 hosted the 41st Annual Claude W. Black Community Center Gift Giveaway at the Claude W. Black Community Center.

This event’s purpose was to provide children of low-income families with toys and joy during the Christmas Holiday.

“Our children should experience all of the joy of this season and we are overjoyed to be partnered with all of the organizations which supported the gift giveaway,” said San Antonio native Burrell White Jr., president of the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation.  “This event having a legacy going back 41 years, has been accomplished through the many partners having an accountability to give back to our community and we look forward to being committed to the mission of serving our community.”

In addition to volunteers distributing toys, books, and school supplies, vendors were on-hand to provide families with free-resource information to include voter registration provided by the Prince Hall Shriners of Moussa Temple No. 106.

“I want to extend my heart-filled thanks to our partners, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who made our annual gift giveaway memorable for all who attended, especially for the children who received toys prior to Christmas,” said Burrell Parmer, advisory board president. “It’s such a joy when we can bring our resources together to bring smiles to the faces of children.”


 Thanks to the following sponsors and supporters: H-E-B, Amerigroup, San Antonio Zulu Association, Frost Bank, the RK Group, City of San Antonio Human Services and Parks & Recreation, CPS Energy, AETNA, Noble Gentlemen of San Antonio, Moussa Temple No. 106 (Prince Hall Shriners), 19th Masonic District (PHA), San Antonio Lodge No. 1 (PHA), Beacon Light Lodge No. 50 (PHA), Noble Star Lodge No. 277 (PHA), Disable American Veterans Chapter 128, East End Glass, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Popeyes, Wendy’s, Casa de Smitty’s, Kiolbassa Provision Co., San Antonio Lions Club, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, San Antonio Spurs, Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, San Antonio Fire Department, and State Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins.

The Claude W. Black Center Advisory Board was established to support programming at the Claude W. Black Community Center and to serve as a resource for coordinating community services and fostering partnerships that promote economic self-sufficiency, family strengthening, and enhance the quality of life for children, families and seniors living on the east side.

For additional information, contact the Claude W. Black Center Advisory Board at



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