Adopt-a-Family Project Spreads Holiday Cheer in Red Carpet Gift Exchange

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In the spirit of the season, the GHBA and its members partner with the Houston Housing Authority each year to support those less fortunate in our community and provide a more joyous holiday for local families. The Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project is a longstanding holiday tradition for the GHBA and its members.

On December 3-4, 2021, GHBA members ‘adopted’ 40 families from the Houston Housing Authority. Participating companies fulfill the Wish List of a family in need, providing children’s gifts, basic necessities like food and hygiene items and even holiday trimmings.

In addition, GHBA teamed up with HomeAid Houston and provided $5,850 in gift cards for residents of Precinct 2gether, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and providing resources for the residents of Harris County Precinct 2. These families received their gift cards in mid-December, just in time for Christmas.


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The event kicked off on Friday at the GHBA offices as association staff and member volunteers wrapped gifts and organized them into bags and boxes for each of the 40 recipient families. It was a joyous day filled with socially distanced camaraderie and holiday cheer.

On Saturday morning, holiday “elves” met bright and early to load the truck with gifts bound for the Housing Authority of Houston. Special thanks to Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for donating the truck and driver!

For the second year in a row, the event was organized as an outdoor, drive-by gift exchange at the Houston Housing Authority. To ensure a safe experience for everyone involved, families could remain in their cars, while GHBA volunteers loaded them up with gifts and holiday cheer! A special appearance by Santa (Pat Wilson of Legends Architectural Stone) made this festive event even more special as he greeted each family in the red carpet loading area.

Thank you to everyone who participated. It was truly a successful weekend, with many individuals enjoying a happy holiday and an outpouring of love from GHBA members. We are looking forward to an even better event next year!