By: Carly Campbell
The Helping Hand Home for Children's mission is to provide a nurturing and therapeutic home for children and to restore each child to a healthy family setting.
The STARS Program Presented by Vista Equity Partners honors the service of over a dozen nonprofit community organizations by offering an exclusive preview of the Trail of Lights.
As a 2016 STARS Sponsor, Vista Equity Partners spread the holiday cheer of the Trail of Lights to the constituents of GirlForward. Their sponsorship allows participants an exclusive look at the Trail with a private tour of all the lights, magic & fun! If you're interested in becoming a STARS Sponsor, visit our STARS at the Trail information page here!
The holidays are an incredible time at Helping Hand Home. As a team, we work each day to restore safety, self-esteem, and hope to the children in our care. Most of the children we serve have not experienced a holiday season free from pain and fear. The best part of the holidays for our organization is providing each child the opportunity to experience the childhood magic that comes with celebrating the season.
We are thrilled to be able to participate with STARS if it weren’t for this program, our children would not be able to experience the Trail of Lights. The children’s exceptional emotional, behavioral, and sensory needs prevents them from enjoying the Trail of Lights with the thousands of patrons that visit. It is difficult to choose what we are most looking forward to, but I would have to say that it is the experience itself: cool winter air, walking beneath arches of light, hot chocolate, and Santa Claus. It is a surreal experience for our children that guides them into the holiday season.
Members of the community are a vital part of our organization. During the holiday season, donations of new items from our wish list are greatly appreciated. We are particularly in need of batteries to power the gifts that children receive. Beyond the holiday season, we would love for you to come and volunteer with our program. Spring volunteer applications are being accepted through January 1st. The application and our wish list are both available on our webpage: www.helpinghandhome.org
We are looking forward to continuing programming that changes the lives of children each day.
Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!