BEC Helps Save Christmas for Local Children


This December, BEC donated $6,500 to five local nonprofits, just in time for Christmas. Arms of Hope in Medina, Kendall County Cowboy Church in Boerne, Hill Country Youth Ranch in Leakey, Alliance for Progress in Center Point and the Kerrville Salvation Army each received donations for their charitable youth programs.
Arms of Hope, formerly known as the Medina Children’s Home, received $1,500 in the form of $50 gift cards for 30 children.
“Most of the donated gifts we receive are toys for younger children. Gift cards are a great option for the older children,” said Kim Boatman with Arms of Hope.

The Kendall County Cowboy Church received a donation of $1,500 for their Angel Tree Program. The Angel Tree program was created to help the children of incarcerated parents. The church is helping approximately 75 children throughout the Hill Country area this year.
“We are so appreciative and thankful to have BEC and staff so involved in our community,” said Lead Pastor Steve Gross. “We thank them for their partnership in the Angel Tree program.”

Hill Country Youth Ranch received a $1,500 donation from BEC to support Christmastime festivities on the ranch.
“So many wonderful memories are made during the Christmas season, and we are so appreciative of BEC’s support and partnership in making Christmas a memorable event for our Ranch Family,” said Hill Country Youth Ranch Executive Director Krystle Ramsay.
Alliance for Progress received a $1,000 donation for their North Pole Project, dedicated to making sure no child is left without gifts under the tree and food on the table for Christmas. This year, Center Point Alliance for Progress will serve 35 families with a total of 95 children.
"The Alliance for Progress is a nonprofit organization that relies solely on the support of people and businesses in our community,” said Debbie Williams, Alliance for Progress treasurer and North Pole Project manager. “Without support like this from the community, we’d have to close our doors for good.”
The Kerrville Salvation Army received $1,000 for their Angel Tree Project, which provides Christmas gifts and warm winter clothing to needy children in the community.
“The check from BEC has helped to alleviate the stress of parents who are struggling financially, preventing them from having to explain to their children why Santa overlooked them this year. What a gift!” said Salvation Army Major Missy Romack.
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Posted Monday, December 20, 2021