KIPP's Season of Gratitude

by Ariel Reynolds on Dec 18, 2015

in Team & Family

Fifty Team & Family members crammed in one room sharing (sometimes stealing-sorry, John!) tape and scissors all for one purpose – to provide our KIPPsters with the holidays they deserve. KIPP Houston Public Schools recently held its 3rd Annual Season of Gratitude Holiday Drive. With over $35,000 raised, we were able to purchase, wrap, and deliver presents to over 250 KIPPsters and their families who need assistance during the holiday season.

Team & Family members wrapped the gifts so the presents could be hand-delivered to the schools. 

“We are focused on meeting deadlines so every minute counts. On this day, we all stopped everything to wrap the presents, feeling the special spirit of giving and our mission to help underserved children.” said Kathryn Huntsman, KIPP grants coordinator.  

Many soccer balls, new shoes, and Barbie houses were wrapped with care, but two families received a special Season of Gratitude.

A KIPP junior has lived away from his family who is in Guatemala for the last five years so that could attend KIPP Houston High School. That’s five years without receiving hugs from his mom, five years of figuring out homework without his dad. When asked what his one wish for Christmas would be, this KIPPster dreamed of seeing his family. Without knowing Season of Gratitude even existed, this KIPPster answered the question honestly and will now be flying home for the holiday break to see his family.

The Acosta Family has experienced a tragedy no one wants to face, the loss of a parent to cancer. This month, four children celebrate the life of their amazing mom, Bertha Acosta. The holiday season is hard on the children as they remember their mother but also because their grandparents, who care for them, do not have a lot to spend for gifts. Click here to see Santa deliver gifts to the three youngest Acosta children as seen on KHOU channel 11 (CBS).

At KIPP, we truly believe that promises to children and families are sacred. We believe in the promise we’ve made to be a Team & Family. We believe in the promise we’ve made to be more than textbooks and pencils. We believe in caring for and loving our KIPPsters in the good times and difficult times.