A local organization is helping another to brighten the lives of families this holiday season.
People Offering Wisdom Empowerment and Resources, or P.O.W.E.R., has donated more than $2,000 in toys, clothing, books and supplies to Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas.
The donations will be divided among more than 50 families in the Killeen Independent School District which are served by CIS.
“Our students do not have a traditional Christmas or holiday as many other students,” said Michael Dewees, executive director of CIS of Greater Central Texas.
“Coupled with our annual shoe drive, P.O.W.E.R.’s donation helps bring a little normalcy and happiness to our students who otherwise would do without a simple toy or article of clothing for Christmas.”
This is the third year P.O.W.E.R. has donated to CIS, touching the lives of over nearly 300 students in the district.
P.O.W.E.R. was co-founded by Joshua Sharon three years ago. He runs the nonprofit’s operations in Killeen, while the other founders handle operations in Las Vegas and Atlanta. P.O.W.E.R.’s purpose is to provide emergency assistance and human services via clothing, food and other items to families in need.
“Our donations for CIS are from caring people in the community,” Sharon said. “We just want to make sure we could provide a Christmas experience to as many children as possible that may not otherwise have one.”