In an outpouring of holiday spirit, Summit Church in Bexar County has delivered a season of cheer to children under the care of Child Protective Services. During a festive event named the Christmas Blast, the church handed out over 1,400 gifts to local foster kids, as reported by San Antonio Report. With a range of activities, from face painting to carousel rides, the children experienced a memorable celebration, complete with a visit from Santa Claus himself.
The church's grand lobby transformed into a veritable Santa's workshop, with piles of presents tailored to the children's wish lists. Jacqueline Morgan, a caseworker with the Department of Family and Protective Services, was moved by the sight, telling KSAT, "It doesn’t matter what social-economic where you are, who they are, what background they have,” Morgan said. “Every child wants a present for Christmas. And some of our kids don’t even wish for a present for Christmas. Only thing they want is somebody to think about them and love them."
The event has become a hallmark of Summit Church's efforts during the holiday season to extend warmth and attention to children who may feel forgotten. A scene described by the San Antonio Report captures the essence, where a 4-year-old boy, aglow with excitement, rushed to Santa and, soon after, was seen pedaling away on his new bicycle.
Summit Church has renewed their commitment to spreading happiness through continued gift collection up until Christmas, ensuring that the joy felt at the Christmas Blast is not a fleeting moment but a sustained embrace. The church emphasized that the event was not just about the presents but about making sure each child felt seen and heard, a sentiment echoed by caseworkers and volunteers alike.