ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – With Thanksgiving now in the rearview mirror, Erica and Amanda Peaslee wasted no time getting their Abilene home in shape for Christmas. The couple spent their Black Friday decorating the tree and hanging socks.
With their eyes on the upcoming holiday season, they’re looking to share the Christmas spirit with someone who really needs it.
“We own our own business. We had a pretty good year this year, so we really wanted to try and give back to something and someone,” said Amanda Peaslee.
Every Christmas, the Peaslee’s nieces, nephews and even the neighbors’ children can always expect a present from them. They said they treated every child in their life as if they were their own.
“I can’t have kids, so we’ve come to that conclusion and that’s what it is. If we had our own kid to share that love with, that would be amazing, but that’s not the case, then what’s the next best thing? Finding a kid who really needs it,” Amanda Peaslee explained.
She decided to post to an Abilene Facebook group in hopes of finding an organization that could help them “adopt” a child for Christmas. Amanda Peaslee said they wanted to make a child’s holiday season a little brighter by fulfilling Christmas wishes.
“I want them to know that there are good people who care about them and want to give them a good, at least a good vacation,” Amanda Peaslee said.
Online commentators were quick to recommend organizations like Large country housethe Ben Richey Boys Ranch, Pathways Youth and Family Servicesand the Hendrick Children’s Home. Some programs mentioned as angel tree, Operation Santa Claus, and several local school programs that could help anyone connect with a family and/or child in need. Programs like these help provide children and families across the great country and nation with Christmas gifts and joy each year.
“We have so much love in our hearts for us and our family. And so it’s like it’s overflowing, we want to share it,” Amanda Peaslee said.