HOLIDAY MEALS AND TOYS
MAKING THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL
The additional costs of the holiday season are especially difficult for families facing hardships, and many are not able to afford traditional family gatherings or gifts for their children. Each year, WHAM provides a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal to families who are struggling financially so they can enjoy a special holiday dinner with loved ones. Each household is given all the ingredients for a delicious meal, including a gift card for purchasing meat or another main course, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, and pie. New this year, homeless clients received restaurant gift cards, so they could go out for a holiday meal. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, WHAM put food on the holiday table or provided restaurant meals for over 450 families and homeless individuals through our holiday meal distribution. Wham also partnered with the Houston Food Bank for the Share Your Holidays event which gave out holiday food boxes at WHAM on two days to people in need from across the city.
In addition to holiday meals, WHAM also distributes toys to younger children and gift cards to older children to make their holidays memorable. Parents are able to "shop" for toys for children up to age 9 and can choose from a wide selection of age-appropriate toys. Older kids receive gift cards, allowing them to pick out their own gifts, according to their interests. WHAM's holiday programs are possible because of the generous support of the community through monetary contributions, toy and gift card donations, and toy drives.