Santa visits Girls' Haven

Santa visits Girls' Haven

Santa and his crew made a sleigh stop at Girls’ Haven on Dec. 23 for a special Christmas delivery to the 20 young ladies living there.

Firefighters Local 399, Acadian Ambulance Service, the LaBelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department and Jefferson County Emergency Services District 3 escorted jolly old St. Nick to Girls’ Haven with flashing lights and all the bells and whistles they could muster. The staff and charges of the home expressed joy and appreciation for the bounty, their abundant smiles, laughter and words of thanks telling a story of gratitude during the celebratory Christmas gifting.

Girls’ Haven of Beaumont is a residential operation that aspires to turn tragedy into triumph by providing a safe, nurturing environment for girls affected by physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation or severe family dysfunction. According to Girls’ Haven Director Alice Teeler, the facility would not be able to provide the young women staying there much in the way of Christmas gifts.

“This is a time of year the girls really look forward to, the time of year they get to see Santa,” said Teeler. “We are thankful to everyone who helps with this, and works together to give the girls the Christmas we want for all of our children.

“We try to provide a family-like atmosphere, but to buy gifts for 20 girls can be very difficult. This means the world to them, and it means the world to Girls’ Haven. It’s truly amazing.”

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Marcus McClellan thanked contributors to the event, including Flood Masters, Cheddars Restaurant, Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Oubre, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association, Beaumont Professional Firefighter Local 399, and Acadian Ambulance Service, for their assistance with the Christmas delivery.