This holiday season, approximately 230 children spent Christmas, Hanukkah, and other respective holidays away from family and friends. This year, though, the normally cheerless surrounding of the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center was brightened by the effective efforts of local organizations and donors to supply special holiday stocking stuffers for the kids to arrange into “gifts” to give each other. The donations included hygiene kits, holiday cards, socks, candy, and snacks. The efforts helped remind Harris County Detention Center children they are not forgotten and to provide a sense of community support.
This time of year we can remember impulsive childhood choices don’t define the future for kids. With all the children and youth needing advocates, support, and such urgent help, it can be hard to know where to start. But these donors made the choice to start by providing holiday cheer. The words of Mother Theresa ring true: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” If we do what we can, add our drops together, it can and will make a difference during the holidays and beyond.
Thank you to the following donors for contributing to the holiday bags for the Juvenile Detention Center this holiday season:
The Center for Children, Law, & Policy, Members of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Affiliates of Interfaith Ministries, American Heritage Girls Troop 471, Katherine Brem, Alex Hunt, Gavriella Roisman, Ellen Marrus, Honolulu Stake Punahou Prep. and Kaimaki Seminary, and those donors who wish to remain anonymous.
A few shots of volunteer organizations donating to this years efforts: