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Santa Claus has been involved with Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels since its inception. Once a year he brings gifts to all the children in the program. Occasionally - if they are good (he says with a wink) - Santa will also put a little something under the tree for the grown-ups too.


Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, or simply “Santa” is a right jolly old elf who has been working for centuries to bring toys and joy to children all over the world each Christmas Eve.


When Santa Claus first heard about the Family Promise program, he knew right away he wanted to be involved. He keeps a close eye on the families who go through the program as well as those who contribute in some way. When it comes time to make his List, those involved with Family Promise get an extra check in the “Nice” column.


The thing that Santa loves most about this program is the spirit of giving that it conjures up in the donors and the volunteers throughout the whole year and not just at Christmas time. Behind his snow white beard, he boasts a big smile when he thinks of FPGNB. He wishes more people could be as selfless in their giving as those who support Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels.


Mr. Claus also loves to see the joy spread in the families who go through the program as they achieve their independence. Santa has a unique vantage point with the children in particular. You may or may not know, but he has top secret ways of measuring and tracking happiness in children. Santa can actually see how happy the kids who go through the FPGNB program become as their family finds a stable home, secure income, and a sustainable plan for the future.


Nothing makes Santa happier than seeing children thrive. Well - almost nothing. Cookies and milk make him extremely happy too.


Thank you, Santa Claus, for the work you do with all the children and thank you for supporting Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels.


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We are always grateful to the people who step forward during the holidays and offer help, support, and donations to Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels. If you are looking for ways to help the families in our program as well as graduate families, we have a few ideas.


EMPOWERING PARENTS


Many of us have taken part in a toy drive of some kind. While it is fun to buy toys or games and wrap them up for kids in need, we have a slightly different approach at Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels.


One of the main objectives of our program is to support families as they achieve their independence. We have come up with a way to support this goal during the holiday.


Instead of giving random, pre wrapped presents to the children, we prefer to offer gift cards to parents so that they can pick out the gifts for their children. Let us explain why this is an extra meaningful way to help.


First of all, it gives parents a sense of independence and pride and - frankly - joy to choose the gifts for their kids. We all know the feeling of picking just the right gift, wrapping it up, and waiting with excited anticipation for it to be given and received. This the feeling we want to help facilitate for parents.


Another reason we like to help the parents choose the gifts is that the kids get exactly what they want. A happy kid who has just opened a gift that was personally selected for them and is exactly what they were wishing for creates just the kind of happy moments that we want for everyone during the holidays.


It also gives families a sense of control over their lives. The circumstances that bring families into our program vary widely. There are some common themes, though. Many of the families report feeling a loss of control over their lives. We want to create situations that change that sensation and get them back in control.


To support this project and help our parents give their children a wonderful holiday, CLICK HERE and in the comment section on the donation page, please make a notation that your donation is for FAMILY CELEBRATIONS.


ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNERS FOR GRADUATES


Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels maintains a wishlist on Amazon.com throughout the year. One of the items we’ve recently added to the list is a planner/organizer for our graduate families.


As you probably know, once a family graduates our program, they receive support for at least a year. We help them with planning, budgeting, saving, and organizing.


Our social worker found these planners and is using them with the graduate families in order to help keep them on track in all of these areas. The families that have been utilizing them so far have found them to be very helpful. This would be a wonderful gift and an awesome way to support those who are working so hard to keep it all together.


CLICK HERE For a link to the amazon wish list.


AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM


If you don’t already know about the Amazon smile program, it is super easy to use. This is something that all Amazon users can do.


If you make your purchases through Smile.Amazon.com (which is identical to Amazon.com) they will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. There is no extra cost to you and it is a big help to us! CLICK HERE to find out how to sign up.


We are always grateful for all the ways that you help support Family Promise throughout the year. We hope you and your loved ones are healthy, happy, and warm this Christmas.



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Sarah Dixon started out as a board member of Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels in 2013 soon after they had their first guests. She now serves as the Executive Director.

Sarah says it is hard for her to pick just one thing that she loves about FPGNB. Here are a few of the things she loves.

She loves being able to see people changing their lives.

“Our families work so hard to turn things around and when they reach their goals and see how far they have come, it’s a blessing to witness.”

Sarah loves the simple act of sharing a meal with a stranger and how that can start a relationship that strengthens both people. She also loves that the most vulnerable people, the children that go through the program, can look back at that time in their lives and remember happiness, friendships, being a part of a big family for a while. And, Sarah Dixon loves seeing the entire community come together for the most fundamental purpose: to support each other in a time of crisis. That is what makes this a community where she wants to live.

As FPGNB continues to grow, she would like to see a team of Family Promise Ambassadors who go out into the community and share the story of what Family Promise does.

“If more people take the time to think about the needs of others and the small ways we can all help, we can make a big impact for generations to come.”

Sarah says she is really proud of how everyone involved in FPGNB has stuck together during the pandemic. It hasn’t been easy, but FPGNB is still serving families, keeping them from being homeless, and giving them the tools to make things better for tomorrow, whatever that looks like.


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