And that meant a day of hard work Saturday for a great cause.
Our viewers gave boxes and boxes filled with food to their neighbors in need. Dozens of volunteers packed thousands of pounds of donated meals into more than 21,000 boxes at the group's warehouse in east Houston.
Saturday, the ABC13 family, led by President and General Manager Henry Florsheim, rolled up our sleeves to help the Houston Food Bank distribute thousands of meals collected during our Share Your Holidays food drive.
We spent the day loading boxes onto trucks so that the food can be given to 19,000 needy families. That's 5,000 more families than last year, they said, and every little bit helps.
"This is our 32nd Share Your Holidays event that we have had at ABC13, and behind me is the result of the hard work of our viewers who have donated so graciously from their homes from their hearts," said Cynthia Cisneros, ABC13 vice president of community affairs. "Over 300,000 pounds of food."
Saturday was also a day of service for the many corporate volunteers who help make this happen each year. Many use the day to teach their children about the joy of giving.
Year after year, we see just how much Houston cares. Because of you, thousands of area families will have a happy holiday. And for that, we all say "thank you."