SAN ANTONIO - As part of an annual partnership with the Elf Louise Christmas Project, San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter played the role of Santa Claus and delivered Christmas presents, Spurs tickets and holiday cheer to children and families in need on Saturday, Splitter, along with a group of volunteers, will make door-to-door gift deliveries to families in south San Antonio.
The Elf Louise Christmas project is dedicated to providing joy to Bexar County’s less fortunate children. The project began in 1969 when the program’s founder, Louise Locker, was a student at Trinity University in San Antonio. She found that for many San Antonio families, Christmas just did not exist and began to look for a way to provide a few Christmas presents for children. The first year she collected gifts for children of 13 families. Currently, the organization collects over 60,000 gifts for distribution.
San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner joined more than 2,000 volunteers Saturday to help serve a holiday feast. Bonner and company served food to more then 15,000 community members at the 20th annual H-E-B Feast of Sharing.
The H-E-B Feast of Sharing was founded in 1989 as a facet of H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program. The program works year-round to prevent hunger in Texas and Mexico. In 2012, thirty-one dinners were held across Texas and in Mexico, with more than 250,000 meals served.