Whataburger’s staff welcomed the children of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s), Respite Care of San Antonio and The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio this week to a Christmas party at their home offices. That jolly old elf, Santa Claus, even put in an appearance.
Nearly 200 kids filled the offices, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with games, treats and holiday fun.
This was the second year that Whataburger has hosted the children from St. PJ’s and the first year with Respite Care and the Children’’s Shelter.
“We are so thrilled to have them at our San Antonio home office to celebrate the joy of the holiday season,” said Pam Cox, group director of Corporate Communications for Whataburger. “Giving back to the communities we call home has always been a focus for Whataburger, and we are excited to spend time with these amazing children and provide them with a special gift and a chance to experience the wonder of this time of year.”
During the weeks leading up to the event, Whataburger Family Members participated in a company-wide toy drive to collect gifts for the children.
“More than 100 of our children experienced Whataburger’s Winter Wonderland last year, and that celebration truly created wonderful and lasting memories for those who attended,” said James Castro, executive director of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. “We are thankful to Whataburger and all its employees for the chance for our kids to enjoy the party again this holiday season, and experience a time of fellowship with the kids from The Children’s Shelter and Respite Care.”
St. PJ’s and The Children’s Shelter have been serving the children of San Antonio for more than a century. St. PJ’s cares for more than 400 children each year, providing a safe, nurturing community to children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio offers services from emergency shelter care to a continuum of care of emergency shelters, foster care, adoption, residential treatment care, child abuse prevention and teen pregnancy programs. Respite Care was established in the mid-1980s and provides support to families of children with developmental disabilities and child abuse victims.