A young teen in Texas became the secret Santa for 61 homeless children, showering them with Christmas presents this year.
Jaxson Turner raised $5,900 through GoFundMe and social media to supply all the kids at The Samaritan Inn with new sneakers, coats, socks, toys and a hot meal for the holidays.
“I think we need to help them because so many families during this pandemic are losing their jobs or their houses and moms are already worrying about being homeless,” Jaxson said.
“Why should they worry about Christmas for their children too?”
This was the 13-year-old’s third year holding the Christmas event for the shelter in McKinney, Texas, under his nonprofit called Never Too Young To Care (N2Y2C).
After Jaxson began collecting donations October 1, he held his big giveaway party in December, catering a dinner for all the families where he served Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, macaroni, chicken nuggets, and cookies.
“Some people were crying tears,” Jaxson said about the families that night.
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“One of the families with four kids and a mother let me know that their children had never gotten brand new shoes before.”
Jaxson founded N2Y2C three years ago on his birthday.
“My mom kept asking over and over what I wanted to do for my birthday and that’s when I decided I wanted to feed the homeless,” he said.
“I would always see homeless families on the street asking for food and I thought no family should go without an Easter dinner meal.”
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In addition to the yearly Easter and Christmas events, N2Y2C also holds a yearly domestic violence awareness event, donating toilet paper, socks, laundry detergent and monetary assistance to a domestic violence organization.
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They also hold a back to school event, raising money for backpacks, school supplies and haircuts for children.
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