What Our 2023 Holiday Program Volunteers Shared
What can you expect when signing up to join our week-long Volunteer efforts to wrap, package and deliver gifts for the military families we serve through our Santa Boots Program? It’s a lot of “heart”-work as you read the family stories followed by wrapping each individual need and wish all in a spirited, holiday setting.
Others have shared that this event really kicks off their holiday season with purpose and perspective, and we cherish that we can share that experience with the 400+ volunteers who join us all week long in Grapevine, Texas.
As we received feedback throughout the week, we just had to share some of the responses and reflections from those who joined in to paint an even clearer picture of the experience.
“When we were all sitting around on Friday evening, reflecting on the week and comparing it to our various projects, Teresa used the phrase “soul affirming” about the entire Santa Boots project. It really was soul affirming.” – Terri M.
“We wanted to tell all of you how much we enjoyed meeting you last night and learning more about what Boot Campaign is doing to assist Veterans and their families. From the first night we heard about the passion of a group of women who wanted to take care and bring attention to the commitment and sacrifices of our Veterans, we have been big fans of all you do.
“Last night was a special night learning about the families who will receive the gifts and hearing from [USMC Veteran] Mark who shared about his experience [as a former recipient of Santa Boots]. His willingness to drive back from Virginia to pay it forward made an impact on all of us… There is nothing more powerful than hearing directly how someone’s life has been transformed by what you are doing. You are changing the world!
“Thank you for what you do and we plan to make this an annual event for our family and hope to include others in the future too.” – The Webb Family
“Thank you for all that you do, and for allowing me an opportunity to participate in the Santa Boots Program, which is an incredible feat in and of itself. The work you are doing is incredible and I am in awe of all of you.” – Derek D.
“We loved our time there today volunteering! We look forward to this every year!” – The Davis Family