Texas A&M Football Team Helps Spread Christmas Cheer to Children

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Santa knows if you've been naughty or nice and some children staying at the Twin City Mission must have been really good this year, because Santa made an early visit just for them.

It's been a tough year for Amber Gonzales and her three sons.

Gonzales said, "We've actually been homeless for about a year, but we've been staying with family....At the beginning of the month, it was really hard and we didn't have anywhere to go."

The folks at the Twin City Mission shelter in Bryan took them in...and now her and another family are getting a special holiday treat--a sideline view of Aggie football practice.

"They love football. My oldest one loves the Aggies," said Gonzales.

As practice was ending, a special guest in a red suit, drove in, making a surprise visit.

Senior linebacker, Eddie Brown, I mean, Santa Claus, did get some help from his Aggie elves.

One coach mentioned, "these players, out of their own pockets, helped Santa with a lot of these gifts."

Texas A&M quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, said, "It's just great to see the joy on these kid's faces...to see the smiles that are beaming from ear to ear, just makes it all worth it."

For Amber, it's a relief because she knew she wouldn't be able to do much for her boys this year.

"I'm grateful. It's a big help for me. I'm glad they have something," Gonzales added.

This generosity is a great ending to 2011, and brings hopeful smiles to their faces for what the new year may bring.

Gonzales said, "Things are different now so, it'll be better."

This is the second year the Aggie Football team has devoted time, energy and presents to some deserving families staying at the Twin City Mission.

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