"Shopping" at Side by Side Kids

While gift-giving is not the most important part about Christmas, it certainly is exciting! Seeing our loved-ones' faces light up when they receive a thoughtful present on Christmas day is one of the best parts of the holidays.

Each year, to help our Side by Side Kids families prepare for such a sweet season of selflessness, we host our annual Christmas Markets to allow parents and kids to pick out gifts for each other.

This year, 37 students and their families attended the Webb Christmas Market on Thursday, December 8th. While parents went upstairs to pick gifts and an Adventure Bible for their kids, students spent time downstairs playing games, decorating cookies, taking pictures at the photo booth and picking gifts for their parents that they took home in personalized gift bags. Austin Ridge Bible Church sponsors Webb’s Christmas Market each year, and as always, they went above and beyond this year to make this a special event for our students and their families.

Barrington, Brown and Pickle’s Christmas Market was held that following Saturday, December 10th. A total of 79 students and their families attended, and kids and parents were able to “shop around” for gifts for each other. Kids also had fun watching a movie, coloring, making crafts, playing games, and decorating cookies! A special thanks to Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, Lonestar Pediatric Dental Group, Harvest Mission Community Church, ACTS Church and Five Stone Tax Advisers for their extreme generosity - they provided the gifts, storybook Bibles, gift-wrapping supplies and cookie decorations for the event!

Of course, our annual Christmas Market would not be a possibility without our wonderful sponsors, so once again thank you to everyone who donated their time, efforts and resources. We are so thankful to have so many people who work side by side with us to serve our St. John’s community!