A Visit from Saint Nicholas


St Nick Donor

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 preparing bags filled with toys, books, and treats and leaving the goodies in classrooms to surprise Title 1 students.


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 educational and fun; inspiring creativity and a love for learning within the children.  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!

In the Community



Through the support of corporate and individual sponsors, children from low-income families receive educational toys and books that are purchased exclusively for them.


  1. Become an underwriter.  Sponsor a classroom, grade level or school by making a contribution at one of the underwriting levels.
  2. Participate in our community card drive by making a contribution of $25 or more and we’ll send a special holiday greeting card to whomever you designate, letting them know that a gift to a child was made in their honor—perfect for acknowledging a loved one, friend, or business associate during the holidays.

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 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. 


Interested in sponsoring? Contact Katie White-Wisian at katiew@volunteerhouston.org or 713.964.0216.


2013 Sponsors


            Insperity         Joyful Toyful Fiesta




TAM International


John P. McGovern Foundation               Rosetta Resources

Silver Eagle Distributors       Xerox


CenterPoint Energy       CRC Insurance Services

               Eagle Global Advisors    Eastman Chemical, Texas City

Roadrunner Moving & Storage       United Space Alliance


Friends and Supporters

ARTIS3       Barrios Technology      Comcast    Cimarron

Eastman   Anne Lamkin Kinder       Eugene & Marta Krantz

Fiesta Mart Inc.       McIntyre Youngblood Recruiting, LLC

Oiltanking Texas City, LP       Silvestri Investments

Smith Graham & Co.       Gulf Gas Utilities