A Wichita Falls couple has started a tradition in our community to provide presents to children who would otherwise go without this holiday season. It's called Kids Christmas Party.
The Moraleses have gotten not just their church involved, but their kids and even grandkids. They really are setting a perfect example of what Christmas is all about… giving. That's why they are this month's nominees for our Newschannel 6 Community Service Champion award.
"I think it's amazing that they thought about other kids in our community and how they wanted to make Christmas better for everyone even if they can't afford it," Lucy Morales said.
So many families struggle to provide for their kids year-round and extras at Christmas are just not an option.
"I have heard a lot of people say they don't have money to buy their kids presents and this makes their kids happy," Morales said.
That's why in 2007, Mario & Migda Morales started the Kids Christmas Party in Wichita Falls.
"I think it's amazing the way they set a time to plan this really big party for the kids. We started with 100 and are now up to 200 kids," Morales said.
Members of the Central Christian Church in Wichita Falls come up with enough money to buy Christmas presents for each and every child at the party.
"When the kids are sitting there to hear their names be called and they don't just stand they jump and run to get their present. That's the most exciting part," Morales said.
Because of the great need in our community, the 200-slot sign up for the party fills up fast.
"Hopefully there will be a time where there is not a limit on the kids and we have enough money to invite everybody to come," Morales said.
Even though they aren't able to provide for as many children as they'd like, they are making a huge impact in our community.
"We can't even realize all these kids smiles. We have the Christmas tree and all the presents are right there and when it's time to give out the presents we call each of them by name so it is even more special. They know it's exactly just for them. You can tell it makes a difference in the kids lives," Morales said.
It's not just making a difference in the lives of the children, but the Morales' generous hearts are making an impression on all they come in contact with.
"It means a lot because it sets an example to us, my kids also. So, we can learn Christmas is about giving not just about receiving at Christmas. So we can give to our community," Morales said.
Lucy vows to keep what her parents started a tradition in Texoma.
"We plan on continuing as long as we can," Morales said.
This year, the Kids Christmas Party is Saturday, December 15th at 5 p.m. It will take place at the Central Christian Church on Grant Street. If there is someone you think is an unsung hero, please tell us about them by clicking here.