This year, the wives and girlfriends of the Dallas Stars players, coaches, and front office got together with the Dallas Stars Foundation to support a local Non-Profit organization, Genesis Women's Shelter, in their Holiday initiative to "Become a Genesis Santa." They each adopted families who would otherwise not be able to provide Christmas presents for their children. For many of these families, it is the first time in a long time where they will have the opportunity to experience the joys of a holiday season in a safe place- both physically and emotionally. Lora Farris, Executive Director of the Dallas Stars Foundation says that deciding on the Genesis Women's Shelter as the non-profit to support this holiday season was an easy choice.
"“Working with Genesis Women’s Shelter for the wives’ holiday initiative was a no-brainer. We recognize the positive impact they have in the Dallas community, and we were proud to do our part for their Giving Tree. "
Altogether, the wives and girlfriends of the Dallas Stars adopted a total of seventeen families, and many of those families included two or more children. For those wives who have children of their own, this was an extra special way to give these families a happy and meaningful holiday and some presents to wake up to on Christmas morning.
"It means a lot to our family to be able to help another one to celebrate Christmas, this is our favorite holiday so it was fun to do it! The kids were also involved so they can understand how lucky they are and how important it is to give back and to help when we can!" said Marie-Eve Robidas.
Together, the wives and girlfriends delivered the presents to the Shelter's Drop-Off location the week before Christmas. The Dallas Stars Foundation supplied all of the wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons, and the presents were delivered to the families at the shelter so the mom's could play a role in wrapping up the gifts for their children. When all the presents that ladies delivered were placed into one room, the amount of toys that they had provided was overwhelming and brought ear to ear smiles to all involved.
" It was a lot of fun to shop for the family, I bought everything that was on their list, and hopefully they were happy with what I picked! My family had a single mom, a nine year old girl and a thirteen year old boy." said Robidas, mother of two.
The event was a great success, and Genesis Women's Shelter was very thankful for everything that the Dallas Stars did to support the women and children in their shelter. "For many it is hard to imagine being in a Shelter during the Holidays - but for the moms and kids of Genesis, the blessing comes with the beginning of new Holiday traditions. Because of the Dallas Stars wives, children at Genesis discovered that Santa could find them anywhere and moms find that there truly can be peace on Earth," said Jan Langbein, Executive Director of Genesis Women's Shelter.
Farris says it wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Dallas Stars better halves.
"I can’t thank the wives and girlfriends enough for their time and generosity. They really went above and beyond what was asked of them. Between clothing, bicycles, dolls, and numerous toys, they ensured that each child had a very unforgettable holiday!”