Each year Bienestar staff and volunteers go all out to throw Christmas parties for our residents. At each property, we open the doors to Bienestar families and their children to enjoy a visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Each child gets a treat bag and an age-appropriate gift, thanks to generous donations from local businesses and sponsors. Carolers serenade the crowd with festive holiday tunes, as Santa’s Elves pour refreshments and hand out cookies.
This year we hosted nine parties, with more than 500 children in attendance. Santa’s Elves spent the weeks ahead of the parties filling treat bags, sorting and wrapping Christmas gifts, and preparing community rooms to host the festivities.
Thanks go out to the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, KGW’s annual Great Toy Drive, Intel Corporation, and the generosity of our individual donors for providing toys and funding for this year’s Christmas parties.
Special thanks to volunteer Dan Hofer, who used personal vacation time off from his ‘day job’ at Nike, to be this year’s Santa.
From left to right: Regina Hurley as head singing Elf, Sydney Phillips, Dan Hofer as Santa, Marianne Phillips, Hunter Le, Erik Johnson, and Aavnalei Alvarez as Santa’s helpers and the holiday choir.