A Snowy Shelter Christmas

An unusual occurrence happened in Austin on Monday night – it snowed. Well, at least it snowed in a parking lot. Children from The Rathgeber Center for Families and The Austin Shelter for Women and Children were treated to not-so-cold powder from a snow machine and a visit from Santa Claus in his sleigh.

With his deep voice bellowing through a long white beard, Santa began this festive event with a “Ho, ho, ho,” and a “Merry Christmas!” His helpers passed out presents to wide-eyed children who were overcome with excitement. “I love seeing these wonderful children filled with joy during the most wonderful time of the year,” Mr. Claus said.

The children and their parents also received hot chocolate and were treated to live Christmas songs from Cory Morrow. “This is the first year we have hosted an event like this for our family shelters,” Major Lewis Reckline said. “It was a special night, not only for the kids but also for the parents, shelter staff, and the volunteers.”

Maybe Santa and snow will come to Austin again next year.