AVANCE’s Early Head Start program in Del Rio Texas got a friendly visit from Texas State Senator, Carlos Uresti, on Thursday December 20th, 2012 at La Casa de La Cultura in Del Rio, Texas. Senator Uresti, who represents the 19th Texas Congressional District, dressed up as Santa Claus and gave away gifts to the children enrolled in AVANCE’s Early Head Start program.
AVANCE’s Early Head Start Director, Jennifer Flores, was pleased with the Senator’s contributions and the outcome of the event. “It was a great pleasure to attend Senator Uresti’s Christmas Party for our EHS Colonias families. Seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as they received their gifts was amazing, it was a successful event,” Flores said.
Event attendees ranged from small children and their parents, to like-minded organizations such as the Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS), who support AVANCE’s mission and are proud of what the Del Rio agency is doing. Delia Gonzalez, a BCFS STAR program employee, mentioned the importance and impact these holiday events have on their community. “Our community really needs services where the children and the parents are being helped together,” said Delia.
Parents of the children who received gifts from the senator were delighted and thankful for the senator’s donations and AVANCE Del Rio’s commitment to making the holidays special for their families. Rodrigo and Claudia Rangel, parents of an Early Head Start student, Isabella Rangel, expressed their gratitude and are proud of what AVANCE Del Rio has taught them through their program. “AVANCE Del Rio has taught my little girl things I did not know she would be learning at her age. Events like this one reassure me that AVANCE really is there to help families, and we are very grateful for that,” said Mr. Rangel. Senator Uresti gave over fifty gifts to the children of the Early Head Start Program in Del Rio.
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple: to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning.