The young girl in the red, Christmas sweater, posed proudly and excitedly with her gift! It was Christmas! As adults, the magic of Christmas is rightly centered on the birth of Christ. But when we were kids, if we are honest with ourselves, it was all about cookies and treats, Santa Claus and Christmas presents!
But, try to imagine being a child whose family cannot provide the kind of Christmas most of us experienced as children growing up. For most of the children of San Jose Mission, a 122-unit affordable housing complex provided by Catholic Charities to families of migrant farm worker families, this part of Christmas is one they typically didn’t experience prior to moving to San Jose Mission in Dover, Florida.
Every year, volunteers from the surrounding Catholic Churches – primarily St. Stephen (Riverview) – assist the Catholic Charities staff by helping put on Christmas with Santa for these grateful …