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Annual fundraiser will help children in need

Annual fundraiser will help children in need

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

This year, local volunteers in affiliation with Fort Hood Santa’s Workshop will help bring Christmas early. This organization provides presents for over 3,000 military children from Fort Hood; shoppers work for months so that parents can browse well-stocked shelves and pick out new toys, games, and books for their children to enjoy.

On July 12, 2017, Santa’s Workshop invites all citizens to come share a meal at Texas Roadhouse in Killeen, 3709 E Central Texas Expressway. All the proceeds will go to the non-profit organization, and you will also be supporting local military families in the process.

Tickets are $15 each, and lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special guest speaker Brigadier General Douglas M. McBride Jr. will also be in attendance. There will be a to-go option for those who can’t sit down and eat.

Santa’s Workshop was originated exclusively for charitable purposes as a unit-level, or 13th COSCOM, initiative. Out of necessity, it grew into an installation-level project in 1998. Their mission is to make new toys accessible for needy children of the Fort Hood military community during the holiday season. In times of financial crisis, Christmas presents may be a luxury; Santa’s Workshop ensures that no child feels forgotten or left out. Because soldiers often feel a unique sense of stress when it comes to financial needs, Santa’s Workshop wants protect military children from this sort of stress. After all of the toys are purchased and inventoried, Santa’s Workshop staff take parents “elfing” for gifts for their children. Each child receives two gifts and a book, and each family also gets a board game.

The success of Santa’s Workshop is a direct result of the generous support received from the military community and from the many individuals, private organizations and businesses in and around Central Texas. With their help, a typical annual inventory consists of more than 6,400 toys, 3,200 books and 3,200 games. The approximate monetary value of gifts distributed for each child is $30, but the non-monetary value is immeasurable.

Both monetary donations, as well as newly purchased toys, can be donated to Fort Hood Santa’s Workshop, located on post, next to the Clear Creek Commissary. These donations are accepted all throughout the year. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 254 287 8697 or send an email to .


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