Christmas Shoebox Gift Challenge is rocking and rolling. To date, we have about 2,000 gifts and we have had 2 of our 4 Wrapping Parties thus far. The Jones Team had a great turn out; see photo below. 48 gifts were wrapped and filled and another 63 shoeboxes were wrapped and are ready for gifts. That’s 111 wrapped boxes plus a $50 donation. Great job to all who attended that Wrapping Party and those that donated gifts and cash.  Everyone was treated to the hospitality of Greg and Ann Jones and some delicious homemade chilli plus lots of other goodies. Yummmm. A big thank you to Greg and Ann Jones.

The JJM Team, headed by Lili Kristan has also had their Wrapping Party (see photo below). First-timers and experienced wrappers assisted in wrapping 54 shoeboxes and we received 42 gifts that day plus $400 dollars’ worth of donated toys and necessities to be used in our gifts. A spread of food to nibble on was provided and everyone made an impact on our overall goals.

Last year, we served 39 Shelters, Foster Placement Agencies, Ministries and Organizations and gave away almost 3,000 custom filled shoebox gifts. This year our goal is to collect and present 4,000 gifts and raise $50,000 for our new Open Arms Foster Placement Agency.

In addition to the Shelters and Organizations we have already committed to, we have also adopted 2 churches from Rockport and 6 churches from Houston whose families have lost dearly because of Hurricane Irma, some have lost everything. We will be providing gifts for children and teens, from infant to 17 years of age, to ease the burden and help with healing and recovery. All the gifts stay in Texas and most are delivered in and around San Antonio and our Hill Country. I assure you, every gift brings healing and love.

How can YOU help?

Join one of our great Teams in collecting gifts and donations.

Donate online today!

Help with sorting, packing or labelling the gifts.

Help with providing supplies and toys.

Gifts and donations are accepted year-round but for this Christmas, please have your shoebox gifts ready no later than December 5th. They must be inspected, labelled, assigned and delivered before December 23rd.

Contact Lili at to get connected or receive dates when you can come by our Christmas Workshop to volunteer some time or to receive a Poster for your church, workplace or group.

Thank You for your generosity and amazing support for neglected children. May the Spirit of Christmas infuse all that we say and do.

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