Operation Christmas Cheer


Each year, San Antonio Garden Center members provide holiday directions to non-profit organizations and gift bags to men, women, children and youth served by the organizations. We welcome all members to volunteer their time to assemble the gift bags and decorations.

In addition to the suggested donations listed below, we also accept cash donations. 

For more information, contact Rhonda Reeder Banuelos at (210) 824-9981 or rhonda@sanantoniogardencenter.org

Donations can be dropped at Garden Center during regular business hours now through November 25.  Garden Center is open Monday-Friday,  9am-4pm at 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209.

Jamie Whitfield is Operation Christmas Cheer Chairman.

Volunteer Workshop Days:

Monday, November 25 
Tuesday, November 26
Wednesday, November 27

9am-3pm (approximately)

 Bring your crafting tools!

Donation Suggestions:

Rattles, teethers, light up and musical toys, baby mittens, socks, small blankets and small stuffed animals

Toddlers & Early School ages:
Matchbox cars, small Lego kits, larger toys and car trucks, baby dolls, stuffed animals, age appropriate books, super-hero characters, coloring books and crayons, musical instruments, small stuffed animals

Water bottles, fun cups, brushes and combs, hair care and hair accessories, teen books and novels, earbuds and headphones, games and word puzzle books

Art Supplies (all ages):
Playdough, slime, water beads, colored pencils, washable markets, art sets, craft kits

“Pampering Bag” Items for adults:
Scented lotions, scented soaps, nail polish, manicure sets, lipsticks, bubble bath, scented bod wash

Games (all ages):
UNO,  Phase 10, playing cards, handheld games, and Yahtzee; board games such as Candy Land, Operation, Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble

2019 Operation Christmas Cheer Recipient Organizations:

Strong Foundation for homeless families and children. On site residential shelter for 60-70 people, including up to 16 families at any given time.

Ransomed Life counseling and education services for survivors and victims of commercial sexual exploitation of minors, including sex trafficking .  Many clients were first victimized as teenage girls 14-17 years old.

Crosspoint Treatment Center providing services to adult men with mental health disorders and /or substance abuse problems.

Sarah Roberts French House that provides health care for up to 60 infirmed and elderly patients.

The Children’s Shelter that a provides safe, emergency shelter and therapeutic foster care for children and youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

Pregnancy Care Center  providing counseling and education services for young women and men to see pregnancies through to birth of healthy, full-term baby.