The Port Houston Police and Security departments volunteered at a local housing facility, Jacinto City Healthcare Center in Houston, to bring Christmas cheer to its residents Dec. 18. They provided plush pillows and blankets while entertaining the residents with holiday music, food and games.
The Port Houston Police and Security departments raised more than $2,900 toward the Silver Santa project through donations and various fundraisers. The project requires several months of planning led by a steering committee of port police and security personnel.
Center officials said the event was a hit with the residents.
“I worked the memory care unit during the port Christmas delivery, and I could tell that the residents’ spirits were pleased,” said Eutenia Harris, LVN Charge Nurse at Jacinto City Healthcare Center.
That was the case throughout the center, as the photos taken by Port Houston photographer Chris Kuhlman captured. Kuhlman himself was clearly moved by the event as officers distributed the gifts.
“They did an amazing job of bringing the Spirit alive with their joy, gifts and kindness,” Kuhlman said. “It certainly reminded me of all we have to be grateful for this season.”
Before the event, Port Police held two internal auctions. One was for a handmade quilt by a Port security officer, while the second was a jersey autographed by Houston Rockets star James Harden, which was donated by a Port Police deputy chief. Both auctions were conducted to help raise funds for the cause.
“We also delivered items to the Magnolia Multi-Center, the Chicano Family Center as well as six local residences in the community,” said Port Houston Police Chief Mark Smith. In total, the port provided gifts to more than 135 seniors.
In addition, Port Houston’s police officers personally purchased and donated 17 bikes to students at Port Houston Elementary Dec. 13 for their exemplary school attendance.