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11 Michelle Detts, left and Matt Hibbetts with a young resident at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Michelle Detts, left and Matt Hibbetts with a young resident at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 David Kennedy, from left, Annabelle Kennedy, Amelia Kennedy and Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
David Kennedy, from left, Annabelle Kennedy, Amelia Kennedy and Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Monica Hartland Blaisdell at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Monica Hartland Blaisdell at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Charlie Hartland and  Santa at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Charlie Hartland and Santa at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
22 Calhoun McNair, from left, Hannah McNair, Cal McNair and Robert McNair at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Calhoun McNair, from left, Hannah McNair, Cal McNair and Robert McNair at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Hartland family at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Members of the Hartland family at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Megan Balisdell, from left, Santa and Hallie Walton at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013.
Megan Balisdell, from left, Santa and Hallie Walton at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Warner Roberts, from left, Santa (Brian Hartland) and Angie Roberts at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Warner Roberts, from left, Santa (Brian Hartland) and Angie Roberts at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Greg Reid, second from left, Joanna and Brad Marks with resident at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Greg Reid, second from left, Joanna and Brad Marks and a resident at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Monsour Taghdisi, from left, Taghdisi, Santa and Henry Richardson at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Monsour Taghdisi, from left, son, Santa and Henry Richardson at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Santa’s elves at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Santa’s elves at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Susan Soussan, from left, Santa and Christin Kirchner at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Susan Soussan, from left, Santa and Christin Kirchner at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
20 John Blaisdell, left, and Tom Hartland at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
John Blaisdell, left, and Tom Hartland at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Amber Hartland at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Amber Hartland at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Santa’s elves at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
Santa’s elves at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Michelle Detts, left and Matt Hibbetts with a young resident at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
7 David Kennedy, from left, Annabelle Kennedy, Amelia Kennedy and Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
3 Monica Hartland Blaisdell at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
12 Charlie Hartland and  Santa at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
22 Calhoun McNair, from left, Hannah McNair, Cal McNair and Robert McNair at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
17 Hartland family at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
9 Megan Balisdell, from left, Santa and Hallie Walton at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013.
10 Warner Roberts, from left, Santa (Brian Hartland) and Angie Roberts at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
5 Greg Reid, second from left, Joanna and Brad Marks with resident at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
14 Monsour Taghdisi, from left, Taghdisi, Santa and Henry Richardson at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
16 Santa’s elves at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
15 Susan Soussan, from left, Santa and Christin Kirchner at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
20 John Blaisdell, left, and Tom Hartland at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
19 Amber Hartland at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013
6 Santa’s elves at Mission of Yahweh's gift-giving celebration December 2013

What: Christmas on a Mission

Where: The Mission of Yahweh Homeless Shelter for Women and Children

The 411: For five years, John Blaisdell and Monica Hartland Blaisdell, have provided a winter wonderland on Christmas morning for the residents of the Mission of Yahweh, a homeless shelter for women and children that has been serving the community for 53 years. Volunteers and their families, totaling more than 100, joined the 150 women and children who reside at the mission to celebrate the season, distribute gifts, and frolic on a snow-covered playground. Children got gifts from their holiday wish lists and each woman received a piece of luggage filled with wrapped gifts such as pajamas, robes, hair dryers, and perfumes. The event, which took place during the early hours of Christmas Day, truly captured the generous spirit of the holiday.

Who: Assisting the Blaisdells were Julie Pitts Mount, Ginnell Marshall, Bethany Hartland, Brian Hartland, Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan, Warner Roberts, Christine Kirchner, Susan Soussan, Hannah and Cal McNair, Joanna and Brad Marks, Karen and Lee Partridge, Samantha and David Kennedy, Pam Lockard, Becky White, Greg and Janelle Reid, Charlie Hartland, Megan Blaisdell, Sarah Hartland and Adele Hartland, as well as a host of heavenly donors and volunteer elves.

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