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, especially the children’s. Today, Saint Nicholas Feast Day, December 6, is traditionally celebrated as a children’s holiday in many places throughout the world. In Houston, the celebration unfolds through volunteers play the role kind strangers by preparing bags filled with toys, books and treats and leaving them in classrooms to surprise deserving children.
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 again for the rest of the year. The gifts they receive are meant to be educational and fun, inspiring creativity and a love for learning. Memories of the experience are forever etched in their young minds.
VOLUNTEERS BRING SAINT NICHOLAS TO LIFE
Through the support of corporate and individual sponsors, children from low-income families receive toys and gifts that are purchased exclusively for them.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
WHO: Our goal is to serve 8,000 children attending pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade at elementary schools in Houston and the Bay Area. Recipient schools are selected where a majority of children 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, December 6, 2013.
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 in mid-November 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.
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