Southlake Journal

December 30, 2013

‘Season of Giving’ warms hearts of those in need this holiday season

I Can Still Shine brightens lives all year long.

If there was ever an example as to why this time of the year is referred to as the “Season of Giving” it would be this!

Although tossed a bit of a snowball (due to the ice storm), Executive Director Brenda Jackson and her amazing volunteers over at I Can Still Shine — an organization that helps women and children escape the clutches of domestic violence and drug abuse — made a few date changes but still warmed the hearts of those in need this holiday season.

Slated for Dec. 7, the I Can Still Shine team faced the challenge of Mother Nature, causing them to have to cancel their Christmas celebration for their clients and rescheduling everything and everyone to the next weekend. Challenge given and challenge met!

On Dec. 14, this team of generous volunteers got together and pulled off a party that put smiles on the faces of women and children that truly needed a bit of happiness in their lives right now.

Held at the Word of Love church in Hurst, this party was filled with Christmas music and love. Plus, even though the big day was just around the corner, Santa took time out of his crazy schedule to drop by with his elves and Rudolph.

A big holiday shout out goes to Dottie Nicholson, who helped each of the more than 100 boys and girls who made Christmas cards and a handmade ornament for each mom.

Of course, if Santa was there you know that means presents — and presents there were. All of the moms, young children and teenage girls and boys received an array of purses, bath and bed sets, jewelry, games, sports equipment, movie passes, toys and gift cards.

“We want to say thank you to our many donors who helped make this event possible,” Jackson said. “We could not do what we do without our community partners who do so much to help us change lives.”

Now that is how you define “giving.”

For more information on I Can Still Shine or how you can help make a difference in these special lives, check out the organizations website,

I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very merry and safe holiday. May you all enjoy every aspect of this beautiful season.

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