HOUSTON—Snow and sledding were the gifts children at The Mission of Yahweh woke up to on Christmas morning in northwest Houston.
“The snow is something that these children have never seen and they never forget,” said Pam Lockard, The Mission of Yahweh board member.
One of the children said she had, in fact, seen snow before.
“At my auntie’s house, yeah, in Indianapolis it snowed,” Raniah said.
But having fun in snow never gets old.
Supporters of the residence for homeless women and children make this party possible every year.
Each child got their choice of five gifts.
Each woman got a small roller bag filled with accessories and toiletries.
Many came to the mission with a rough past, but they now have a much brighter future.
“Okay, well I came here from jail and I been here almost five years now. I’m going to college so it’s a dream come true to go to college,” said resident Darlene Jones.
With fun in the snow, a new experience and presents for everybody, many at the mission said it was their best Christmas ever. The moms said that most of all, they are grateful for the gift of a second chance that they receive at the Mission of Yahweh every day.
“I just want to thank God for this wonderful blessing and the Mission of Yahweh because it’s a wonderful place and it’s given us a new hope and a future,” said resident Sara Hedrick who recently gave birth to a daughter.