‘Tis the season for glad tidings and goodwill towards others and on Saturday, December 14, 2019, Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) did just that by providing some holiday cheer during its annual Holiday Distribution. NAM was bustling with activity as staff and volunteers worked to distribute food to over 900 families and toys to more than 1,500 children.
Families received bags of food needed to prepare a complete holiday meal with all the trimmings, including a turkey, gravy, canned vegetables and soup, stuffing, butter, eggs, dessert mix, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Families with children ages 12 and under received a bag of three to five age-appropriate toys for each child.
The items distributed were collected as part of NAM’s annual Holiday Project, which provides local families in need with food and toys for the holiday season. Registration for the Holiday Project began in September, and those meeting eligibility requirements were given food vouchers to redeem for holiday meals in both November and December. Families with young children were also given toy vouchers.
The Holiday Project is a huge undertaking, with donations and financial support coming from organizations and individuals alike. Local congregations filled thousands of toy bags and PV Fluid Products donated and delivered 1,800 turkeys which NAM gave out during Thanksgiving and the Holiday distribution. Hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly over the past few months, registering eligible families and collecting and sorting donations.
“We are happy to be here to serve the community and lessen the burden on families who are in need of help this holiday season,” said Les Cave, NAM’s President and CEO. “Thanks to all the donations of food and toys that NAM received, we’re able to provide families with some relief and holiday cheer.”
With free hot dogs fresh off the grill, holiday décor, and a free gift wrapping station manned by volunteers from Bimbo – and there was a visit from Santa – NAM transformed the day into a holiday party for everyone that was patiently waiting to receive their gifts and food.
Cave also expressed his gratitude to everyone who took part in making it all possible. “We are grateful to everyone who has given their time and resources to ensure NAM’s Holiday Project was a success. It would not have been possible without the generous support of businesses, congregations, and individuals in our community,” he said. “It is heartwarming to see everyone come together during the holiday season to help our neighbors in need.”
Special thanks to our congregations Christ the Good Shepherd, Cypress Creek Christian Church, Faithbridge Church, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Hosanna Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church, UCC, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Klein United Methodist Church, Lakewood United Methodist Church, LDS Church- Houston North Stake, LDS Church- Klein Stake, Ninth Church of Christ, Scientist, Northwoods Presbyterian Church, Plymouth United Church of Christ, Resurrection Lutheran, Spring Woods UMC, St. Anthony the Great Orthodox, St. Dunstan's Episcopal, St. Edwards Catholic Community, St. Ignatius Loyola, CHI St. Luke The Vintage Hospital (St. Luke's Episcopal), Unity Church of North Houston, Valley Rise Church, and Windwood Presbyterian.
Also, thank you to the businesses and organizations that donated such as Toys for Tots, Willowbrook Rotary, North West Houston Chamber of Commerce, Advanced Auto Parts, HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball, Conservatory at Champions, HCA Houston Healthcare Spring, Office Systems of Texas, Champions Park Association, Gary Greene Realtors, DMD Contractors, 1 Stone Solutions, Dr. Browning, Fit Club 24, Alamo Title, Canyon Gate at Northpointe, Ebony Girls Social Club and all of the individuals in the community who dropped off toys and food to help with NAM’s Holiday Project 2019.