The holiday season is an exciting and magical time, but it can also bring to light everyday struggles suffered by some of our neighbors. Santa and Mrs. Clause paid San Antonio a visit early, to show how those without a home can still celebrate the season.

“I would like maybe a new football,” said 10-year-old Anthony Soto.

He was able to tell the man in red in person what he wants to open up on December 25th .

Father Christmas and his bride took time out of their busy schedule to visit Anthony and dozens of other children who are facing tough times and even homelessness.

Even if they don’t have a chimney for Santa this year, St. Nick has something to make the kids feel better.

“Children, no matter where you go Santa can always find you,” said Mr. Claus.

With cookie decorating and Christmas crafts, about 60 families felt festive thanks to a holiday party hosted by SAMMinistries and Nationwide.

“We feel like providing this Santa’s workshop, this is the perfect opportunity for people to celebrate some of the good things that have happened,” said Todd Robertson with Nationwide.

Some of those good things happening this year thanks to resources at the interfaith ministry. SAMMinistries says they understand how participating in a holiday tradition can boost an entire family’s spirits.

“[Our clients] have no thought about Christmas presents, instead it’s just survival for them and their children so having the opportunity to do this brings a sense of normalcy for them that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience,” said Nikisha Baker with SAMMinistries.

Anthony said he was thrilled to see the surprise guests walk through the door.

“It’s nice cause [Santa] brings joy to the kids and they love to hug him and they enjoy seeing him giving them presents,” said Anthony.

The party is one the kids will remember long after Santa heads back to the North Pole.

“Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year,” said Santa.

SAMMinistries has been changing lives for 35 years. They have all kinds of opportunities for you to make a mark on our community. Visit their website to find out more about volunteering or paying a bill for a family in need.