It seems that every year the holidays begin earlier and earlier, to the point where we often hear Christmas music before Thanksgiving. While we are all preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving, Senator Santa has begun his preparations for another swing through Senate District 19.
Each year I have the opportunity to bring together community leaders and the incredibly generous constituents of SD19 to host a large toy drive in San Antonio. With the toys collected my staff and I dress up in costume to carry out the duties of “Senator Santa” and distribute toys to less fortunate children across SD19. This is the number one most rewarding duty I perform as Senator.
Since 1997, thanks to the gracious contributions made at the toy drive, I’ve been able to collect and distribute more than 14,250 toys for children in need across the district. During these visits I also have the pleasure to visit area nursing homes to deliver over 10,000 calendars and coffee mugs.
Unfortunately, I do not have a workshop to produce the toys. I rely on the generosity of the Texans who attend my 20th Annual District 19 Holiday Party and Toy Drive — an opportunity to put some joy into the holiday season for children in Senate District 19's 17 counties.
I'm expecting up to 600 guests for this annual event, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at VFW Post 9186, 650 VFW Blvd. in San Antonio.
Santa will be on hand for pictures and I hope you, your friends, neighbors, and co-workers will come enjoy the music, door prizes, and a full Christmas dinner. This community event also serves as an opportunity to discuss important issues before the legislature.
Be sure to wear something festive and bring unwrapped toys appropriate for infants or children through age 14. The gifts we collect will be distributed by "Senator Santa" to hospitals and child care facilities across the district.
The holiday season is the most special time of the year, and it can be even more special if you'll help me make sure that a child in need won't go without a gift this year.
Annual District 19 Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Thursday, December 1st
6:00 – 10:00pm
VFW Post 9186
650 VFW Blvd., San Antonio
For more information and to RSVP, please call (210) 932-2568.