Giving Back Through The Spirit Of The Season

With the holidays in full swing, children everywhere are dreaming of toys and looking forward to opening presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, thousands will not wake up to see brightly wrapped gifts under the tree because of their family’s daily struggle to make ends meet. This is why many of us who are more fortunate, volunteer during “the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s a reminder of the importance of giving back.
“Brightening up Christmas for children in need has been part of the AGC Houston’s staff mantra for numerous years,” stated Tamara Hancock, Executive Director, Programs and Services of AGC Houston. “For several years, we sponsored a struggling family through the Work Faith Connection, and last year we supported the Lone Star Veterans Association’s Holiday giving program. This year, however, we decided to reach further into the community by collecting toys, blankets and gift cards for the Memorial Assistance Ministries Christmas Share Program.”
Memorial Area Ministries (MAM), which provides a wide variety of programs through the support of Memorial area interfaith organizations, also sponsors a holiday food drive, an Adopt-A-Family program and holiday Christmas celebration.
For the past three weeks, donation boxes, placed on each level of the Chapter building, slowly filled up with new blankets and unwrapped toys. “We wanted our members to be able to take part in this worthwhile cause. Many brought gifts whenever they came here for meetings and classes,” stated Hancock.
“I am truly thankful for the generosity and giving spirit of the AGC Houston staff and of our members,” said Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston President/CEO. “Karsten Interior Services, LP donated several bags of toys and blankets and many of our Construction Leadership Council members donated items at the holiday happy hour meeting on December 3,” he said.
“This is the time of the year where our company volunteers with several local organizations, including helping AGC member firms with their fundraising events,” stated Sarina Landers of Karsten Interior Services, LP.     
 On December 4th, the gifts were loaded into Hancock’s truck and delivered to MAM at 1625 Blalock. “These will be wrapped by volunteers and handed to children during the annual holiday feast. Children age 12 and under will receive a bag of three toys, while children age 13-17 will get a $50 gift card. All children will receive a blanket,” she explained. 
As we gather with family and friends during the holidays, we recall those who are dear to us and the importance of making spirits bright. Thank you to each one who helped to bring some Christmas cheer to our neighbors this holiday season!

Thanks to all the generous donors this year!
  • Charlene Anthony, AGC Houston
  • Catherine Bezman, AGC Houston
  • Shannon Davis, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.
  • Josh Davis, McCarthy Building Companies
  • Ezekiel Escareno, Texas Moisture Protection
  • Victor Godinez, Hoar Construction
  • Tamara Hancock, AGC Houston
  • Tasha Hernandez, AGC Houston
  • Ada Lam, AGC Houston
  • Sarina Landers, Karsten Interiors
  • Karsten Interiors Team!
  • William Martinez, AGC Houston
  • Kim Mason, AGC Houston
  • Jack McDaniel, Hoar Construction
  • John Morvant, Tellepsen Builders
  • Amy Mui, AGC Houston
  • Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston
  • Mauricio Rivera, McCarthy Building Companies
  • Anavell Trevino, AGC Houston
  • Andy Wallin, JE Dunn Construction
  • Brenda Ward, AGC Houston