Business Jet Cares, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization created by Business Jet Center and Business Jet Access, raised a record breaking $12,000 for the 2019 A Christmas to Remember. The funds raised were used to provide ten Dallas families who were nominated by Maple Lawn Elementary with extra support during this holiday season.
“This is absolutely our most favorite time of the year! Something as simple as a new shirt, shoes, or a scooter leaves a lasting smile on these sweet and innocent little faces that we never forget. The hugs and tears shared after playing Santa for these families might be the most rewarding part. We are so grateful for our employees, sponsors, and the counselors we work with to continue to make a small impact in these families’ lives,” says Cat Wren, Chief Experience Officer at Business Jet Center.
Now in its sixth year, Business Jet Cares partnered with local elementary school, Maple Lawn Elementary, to seek out local families that may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. With the assistance of the school counselors, ten different families shared their essential household needs as well as a few wishes of each child. Thanks to the contributions of over 40 volunteers and donors, these needs were not only met, but exceeded. In addition to hundreds of games and toys for 44 different children, A Christmas to Remember also purchased, wrapped and delivered four TVs and DVD players, two Christmas trees, four sets of pots and pans, four queen mattresses, multiple sets of bedding, coats, socks, shoes and other clothing necessities, and four large suitcases for a family currently living in a shelter.
The gifts were delivered via rental truck, which was graciously donated by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to the ten families across Dallas over the span of two days prior to Christmas. Some of the more memorable moments included over ten volunteers and their families caravanning around the Dallas area in Santa hats and Reindeer antlers to deliver the gifts to families. Many children greeted the group with excitement to help unload presents from the truck. Another highlight was the opportunity to get to know many of the parents and children from the families, including a young boy who was hopeful to receive a t-shirt among the many gifts and an optimistic and energetic 11-year old girl who is eagerly awaiting a heart transplant.
This year’s A Christmas to Remember would not have been possible without the many people and companies who volunteered their time and their funds to reach as many Dallas families as possible.