Holiday Heroes brings this saying to life!
Like Laptops for Love and Heroes Milestones, Holiday Heroes is another program that falls under the social assistance umbrella structure through Heroes for Children. The social assistance programs at HFC are each, uniquely designed and customized to fit the needs of the patient, the parents and finally, the family as a whole. Holiday Heroes is the program that provides for each and every member of a family with a child battling cancer. Here's a sneak peak into the Holiday Heroes workshop so you can get a glimpse of the time and work that goes into making every wonderous wish come true!
In early November, several hard-working groups of gift-gatherers begin operation Holiday Heroes, hunting items from their family's wish lists at "the one and only family wish-granting store," Wal-Mart. The groups involved in this year's Holiday Heroes program include:
HFC Friends, Tricor Braun, Junior Frisco Women's League, Cityplace, AED of TCU, Four Seasons Houston, Macquarie and Pro-Spirit. These members shop, wrap, and donate gifts to selected cancer families during the holiday season. These families then receive their gifts at a holiday delivery party attended by volunteers, staff and of course the families!
In 2010, 57 families across the state were adopted for the Holiday Heroes program; the largest number of families ever in the program's history! This past weekend we celebrated delivery parties in Dallas, Saturday, Dec. 4th at Cityplace Conference & Events Center, Sunday, Dec. 5th in Fort Worth at Cook Children's Decker Board Room and in Houston at the Four Seasons Hotel. Here are some first-hand accounts of what went on at these parties:
Smiles, suprises and secrets to Santa. Child-like wonder, carefree spirits, cookie eating and craft-making. A moment for every member involved to sit back and admire the strengths of these families and in the same breath acknowledge their struggles, and what an important part they played in participating in the program.
Holiday Heroes 2010 was a success on many different levels and will go down as our largest year to date. However, we hope to help even more families in years to come and invite you to continue to be a part of this program. Because without you, we could not accomplish what we do and for that we thank you!
Again, thank you!!!
WFAA Channel 8
Cityplace Conference & Event Center
AED of TCU
Junior Frisco Women's League
Holiday Heroes Chairs
HFC Executive Board &