Whataburger welcomed the children of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s), Respite Care of San Antonio and The Children’s Shelter to the company’s home office, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with games, holiday treats and surprises.
It was the fifth year in a row for the event, which brought nearly 200 kids of all ages to the party, which included visits from Santa, Disney princesses and Star Wars characters as well as holiday treats and fun for all.
“All of us at the Home Office look forward to hosting this celebration each December, as in keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, it’s a treat to be able to see these children enjoying a unique and fun experience,” said Pam Cox, vice president of communications for Whataburger. “We have incredibly loyal customers in San Antonio and across the areas we serve, and thanks to their support, we’re able to transform our office into a winter wonderland for these kids complete with decorations, treats, carolers and even Disney princesses and Star Wars characters.”
One of the highlights was a rare sight for San Antonio: Snow greeted the children as they arrived.
Whataburger Family Members also hosted a company-wide toy drive to collect gifts for the children of St. PJ’s, Respite Care and The Children’s Shelter. The toys are donated to the organizations after the event.
“Our children have the opportunity to get dressed up in their holiday attire and enjoy an evening that is filled with festivities, cheer, and a visit with Santa Claus to tell them what they would like for Christmas. We are thrilled to be part of Whataburger’s Winter Wonderland every year, as we see the joy on the faces of our children, which reminds of us the work we do to help heal our children from their hurts,” said Anais Biera Miracle, vice president of external affairs for The Children’s Shelter.
“Our children are so blessed to be included in the Whataburger Winter Wonderland,” said Antonio Fernandez, interim CEO of St. PJ’s. “Our children have witnessed so much sadness in their young lives. This event will create wonderful, happy memories to last a lifetime.”
“Respite Care is honored for our children to participate in the Winter Wonderland hosted by our friends at Whataburger. The Dobson family and all members of the Whataburger family support the needs of our children throughout the year, and this event is truly meaningful,” said Bert Pfiester, president & CEO of 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 1,500 children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect each year. Services also include foster care, adoption, community counseling and emergency assistance for families in need. The Children’s Shelter offers emergency shelter and residential treatment for children in crisis and helps children find permanent homes through foster care and adoption. Our Family Strengthening programs teach nurturing parenting skills to vulnerable families and help families overcome crises. Respite Care was established in the mid-1980s and provides support to families of children with developmental disabilities and child abuse victims.