ABOVE: Texans Y Board Members and Staff Team with artist, Rhonda Radford and Santa helper, Alicia Antrum
The Houston Texans YMCA hosted a holiday ornament decorating event. The event was led by artist, Rhonda Radford.
Having had such an activity revolving around art provided a sense of creative therapy. The relaxing nature of art can help manage stress while giving a creative outlet and possibly unlock hidden talents. The attendees were able to take their decorated ornaments home to further enjoy with their families.
To aid in getting the artistic creativity flowing, holiday classics were played by Saxophonist, Kyle Turner. As music has the power to transport us to another time and place, attendees were overjoyed while they grooved to the festive tunes.
The seasonal desire to have a festive and relaxing environment inspired a visit by Santa Claus. The attendees danced and took photos with Santa; and some whispered their special lists to Santa Claus. Childhood memories are always best when they can be relived!
Prizes and gifts were then given through raffles. The prizes included items from local, Black-owned businesses: Candle gift basket by Simply Scents (www.simplyscentsbyshan.com), Champagne flute set by SO Home Collective (www.sohomecollective.com), One of a Kind collectible pillows by ARTRRA (www.artrra.com), Holiday bouquet arrangement by Fleur Jolie Design & Events, and several other prizes.
The event was coordinated by the Community Engagement Committee Board Members, Justin L. Mabrie with Carolyn Jones-Darville, and Victoria Carriere-Peterson of the Texans YMCA. Sponsorship was provided by the Mabrie Memorial Mortuary and Cigna Healthcare.
The Houston Texans YMCA is located at 5202 Griggs Road @ MLK. just south of the University of Houston and southeast of Texas Southern University, servicing the historic Third Ward/South Park and Sunnyside neighborhoods. The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Interactive events are scheduled to continue throughout the year.