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Spirits of Christmas, Helping Hand host holiday festival

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

In conjunction with Helping Hand, Spirits of Christmas presents its second annual Christmas Festival from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Helping Hand Center, 1116 12th Street.
The evening will include fun, food, games, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and a silent auction, among other activities. Tickets are 50 cents and are available at Helping Hand.
Spirits of Christmas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a holiday meal and Christmas gifts to less fortunate families and children in Bandera County. The organization was started 35 years ago.
In that first year, 10 to 15 families received gifts. Last year, Santa and his elves delivered gifts, a holiday meal and a meat voucher to 86 families and 255 children.
Several years ago, Spirits of Christmas lost its major corporate sponsor - which led to a deficit of $6,000 to $10,000 a year. Spirits of Christmas is reaching out to the community for support to continue this tradition of holiday giving.
While the search for a corporate sponsor goes on, many other levels of giving and sponsorship are available. Spirits of Christmas appreciates any support this holiday season. All contributions are tax deductible. For information on sponsorships or donations for the silent auction, call Helping Hand Executive Director Jesse Parks at 830-796-8360 or email hhand@indian-creek.net.
Additionally, Spirits of Christmas is continuing its food drive for non-perishable items for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Items still in short supply are potatoes, yams, cornbread, cranberry sauce, chicken broth, cream of mushroom sauce, carrots, green beans, corn, fruits, pie filling and desserts.
As a reminder, families who need assistance this holiday from Spirits of Christmas must sign up at the Helping Hand Center from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Proof of income is required.