This month, I embarked on my annual journey across Texas to bring the Foundation’s Christmas Lights Program to over 1,200 children with special needs in 19 Texas public school districts. This is a very special event for our organization because it brings the excitement of Christmas to children around Texas in need of some good cheer. As I spend hours driving from city-to-city, day-by-day, I cannot help but to be grateful for all the wonderful financial donors and remarkable volunteers who support us each year. None of these events, especially our signature program, Christmas Lights, would be possible without everyone’s generosity.
The Mostyn Moreno Foundation was created in 2006 by Houston lawyers Amber and Steve Mostyn to honor the memory of two caring Texans: Glenda Jean Mostyn, mother, grandmother, sister, and East Texas educator and Texas State Representative Joe E. Moreno, son, brother, friend, and legislator. Christmas Lights, the Foundation’s signature program, was created with the vision of creating a unique educational program which stimulates decision-making, social skills and other important life skills with the guidance of their caretakers and teachers. The Christmas Lights Program gives each participating child an allowance of $50 cash to spend at a dedicated Walmart store. The teachers work with each child in understanding their budget and deciding which gifts to purchase.