Women Veterans of San Antonio brings smiles to abused, neglected children

Organization collecting gifts for facility that provides safe living environment

SAN ANTONIO – The Women Veterans of San Antonio is stuffing Christmas stockings this year for children who have been abused or neglected. 

"They are very appreciative of everything they do. From crayons to shirts to everything," Robin Harder, president of Women Veterans of San Antonio, said. 

The organization collects gifts for New Beginnings Children's Home, which is located in Medina County. This is the third year that they are giving back to the children. 

The facility's director, Nicole Rodriguez, said this means the world to the children. 

"A lot of these kids come from a background where they have been neglected or abused. They haven't had much," Rodriguez said. 

The facility provides a safe and therapeutic living environment for abused, neglected and displaced children ages 5 to 17.

Rodriguez said the 13 kids that stay at the facility have something to look forward to this holiday season.

"Just the thought that somebody would think of them enough to buy them something that they like or want, like it's a memory they never can be erased or replaced," Rodriguez said.

Harder said this is not only a great feeling for her, but an experience she can share with her children.

"I have a 10-year-old boy as well, so I took him to the store with me. He was very thankful to be able to participate," Harder said. 

Those interested in helping can go to the New Beginnings Children's Home website or the Women Veterans of San Antonio website.

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