Remembered for his special love of children, Saint Nicholas is the subject of many legends. The most famous is that of a shy and gentle man who lived during the 4th century in Asia Minor. It tells how he came to the aid of a poor family by anonymously leaving three bags of gold on their doorstop, enough to provide for their needs. Today, Saint Nicholas Feast Day, December 6, is traditionally celebrated as a children’s holiday throughout the world. In Houston, the celebration unfolds through volunteers preparing bags filled with toys and books, and leaving the goodies in classrooms to surprise student at Title 1 schools.
WHAT MAKES SAINT NICHOLAS DAY IN HOUSTON SO SPECIAL?
Thousands of children experience a day filled with joy and learning brought to them by a community working together. For many, it is a day of delight they may not experience for the rest of the year. The gifts they receive are educational and fun; inspiring creativity and a love of learning. Memories of the experience are forever etched in their young minds.
This year Volunteer Houston plans to bring a new component to the program by having the students complete a hands-0n community service project after learning the stories of why the volunteers and Saint Nicholas gave so selflessly. By completing the service project, Volunteer Houston hopes the students will learn that they too can give back to their community!
VOLUNTEERS BRING SAINT NICHOLAS TO LIFE
Through the support of corporate and individual sponsors, children from low-income families receive educational toys and books that are purchased exclusively for them.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
WHO: The program serves 8,000 children attending pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade at elementary schools in Houston and the Bay Area. Recipient Title 1 schools are selected because a majority of students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, and are typically located in economically disadvantaged areas.
WHEN: A Visit From Saint Nicholas takes place on Saint Nicholas Day, Friday, December 5, 2014.
WHERE: St. Nick will visit elementary schools in Houston and the Bay Area.
HOW: Corporate and community volunteers gather for our annual backpack stuffing party at a local warehouse on Wednesday, November 19 where they kick off the holiday season by building thousands of backpacks with special gifts. On Saint Nicholas Day, children arrive at school to discover they’ve had a special visitor.
Interested in sponsoring or volunteering? Contact Katie White-Wisian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.964.0216.