The spirit of giving runs deep in the hearts of Ascension Providence associates in Waco, Texas. Every day, the Ascension Providence family puts our core values in action by making a difference in the lives of Waco community families, but the giving spirit is even higher during the holiday season.
During the annual Food for Families food drive, Ascension Providence collected over 8,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. These generous donations not only help provide food for families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but also help stock the shelves of 10 food pantries throughout McLennan County, which provide food to those in need year-round.
The spirit of giving continued with their annual toy drive benefiting Mission Waco, a local non-profit that “seek[s] ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized,” and offers relationship-based programs to empower those most in need. “We are called to serve the poor and vulnerable—both in and outside our hospital walls,” Sister Cecile Matushek, vice president of mission affairs said. ”Our Mission and Core values match so well with the mission of Mission Waco, especially our core value of Reverence.”
From stuffed animals and dolls to basketballs and board games, Ascension Providence associates donated a truck load of new, unwrapped Christmas toys and gifts just in time for Christmas shopping to begin at the Mission Waco Toy Store on Dec. 5. Mission Waco’s annual toy store enables low-income families to shop for that special gift with their child’s Christmas wish list in mind, at an 80 percent off retail price.
Because of generous donations, the toy store serves over 550 families, ensuring that more than 1,700 children across the Waco community experience the magic of Christmas morning. “Parents have the joy of being Santa and our joy is knowing that we helped make that happen,” Sister Cecile said.