Snow Day Is Merry and Bright

Homeless mission aglow as families rally to make it an unforgettable Christmas

Homeless misson aglow as supporters rally to make Christmas bright

News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015
Santa Claus and his troops arrive at Mission of Yahweh for a Christmas Day party at the homeless shelter for women and children. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Robert McNair, Daniel Hartland
Robert McNair, Daniel Hartland. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Hannah McNair, Calhoun McNair, Robert McNair, Michael McNair, Cal McNair
Hannah McNair, Calhoun McNair, Robert McNair, Michael McNair, Cal McNair. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Renee Somoza, Victory Steele
Renee Somoza, Victory Steele. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Henry Richardson, Cameron Taghdisi, Monsour Taghdisi
Henry Richardson, Cameron Taghdisi, Monsour Taghdisi. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Xiomara "Zee" Hernandez, Santa
Xiomara "Zee" Hernandez, Santa. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Amber Hartland, Mission resident
Amber Heartland, Mission resident. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Tonya Frye, Warner Roberts, Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Angie Roberts
Tonya Frye, Warner Roberts, Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Angie Roberts. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Brad Marks, Bradley Marks, Joanna Marks
Brad Marks, Bradley Marks, Joanna Marks. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Kay kay Blaisdell, Megan Blaisdell
Kay Kay Blaisdell, Megan Blaisdell. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Elizabeth Patridge, Jonathan Partridge, Lee & Karen Partridge
Elizabeth Patridge, Jonathan Partridge, Lee Partridge, Karen Partridge. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, David Kennedy, Amelia Kennedy, Samantha Kennedy, Mr. Kennedy, Annabelle Kennedy
David Kennedy, Amelia Kennedy, Samantha Kennedy, Mr. Kennedy, Annabelle Kennedy. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015. Elizabeth Hardy
Elizabeth Hardy. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015
Rebekah Hartland, Michael McNair, Amber Hartland. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yaweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Jack Reid, Madison Reid, Caroline Reid, Greg & Janelle Reid
Jack Reid, Madison Reid, Caroline Reid, Greg Reid, Janelle Reid. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015,  Lewis & Lara Gamboa, Becca, Megan
Lewis Gamboa, Lara Gamboa, Becca Gamboa, Megan Gamboa. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Robert McNair, Daniel Hartland
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Hannah McNair, Calhoun McNair, Robert McNair, Michael McNair, Cal McNair
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Renee Somoza, Victory Steele
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Henry Richardson, Cameron Taghdisi, Monsour Taghdisi
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Xiomara "Zee" Hernandez, Santa
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Amber Hartland, Mission resident
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Tonya Frye, Warner Roberts, Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Angie Roberts
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Brad Marks, Bradley Marks, Joanna Marks
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Kay kay Blaisdell, Megan Blaisdell
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Elizabeth Patridge, Jonathan Partridge, Lee & Karen Partridge
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, David Kennedy, Amelia Kennedy, Samantha Kennedy, Mr. Kennedy, Annabelle Kennedy
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015. Elizabeth Hardy
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015
News, Mission of Yaweh Christmas, Dec. 2015, Jack Reid, Madison Reid, Caroline Reid, Greg & Janelle Reid
News, Mission of Yahweh Christmas, Dec. 2015,  Lewis & Lara Gamboa, Becca, Megan

Seven years ago, Monica Hartland Blaisdell and John Blaisdell decided to give real meaning to Christmas by adopting the Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children for the holiday. Since that time, the Christmas day happening has grown into a snow day spectacular with support from numerous friends.

This Christmas Day, more than 150 volunteers and guests treated residents of the modest shelter to a snow-covered campus highlighted by a 15-foot snow slide. Santa and his elves delivered wrapped gifts for all, provided breakfast treats and presented beautifully-wrapped gifts to those in need.

Big daddy Charlie Hartland, father of 14 including Monica, and most of his children (all grown) contributed to the party with Brian Hartland portraying Santa and Liz Hartland taking the role of Mrs. Claus. The Hartland clan on hand included Rebekah, Amber, Charlie, Daniel, Hannah Hartland McNair and Cal McNair, and Joanna Hartland Marks and Brad Marks.

Joining in the merriment that included holiday headdresses like reindeer horns and candy canes, jingle bell necklaces and Santa hats were Sam and David Kennedy, Lili and Hans Kirchner, Warner Roberts, Angie Roberts, Kay Kay Blaisdell, Megan Blaisdell, Julie Pitts,  Karen and Lee Partridge, Matt Hibbitts, Richard Hill, Joyce Pankonian, and Tonya Frye.