When we talk about Night of Hope, we usually talk about the number of at-risk kids who received Christmas through the program. This year, that number is 3,748. Roughly 1,200 families from all over our community, all of whom qualify for Free Lunch through HEB ISD, went home with presents and a turkey dinner. That's amazing.
But it's not the point.
The real value of Night of Hope is much bigger. Because this program doesn't just change lives for the people who rely on it. It matters to their teachers, their friends, and their neighbors, too. When we all come together for Christmas, the community gets stronger. Our children learn to love, trust, and volunteer. Our educators are inspired once again. And everyone remembers what it feels like to be a united community.