Rotary Club of New Braunfels presents
Making Spirits Bright 2023 – Santa's Workshop
Now in it's second year, Making Spirits Bright is a unique Christmas community service giving and unity program developed to provide a traditional Christmas experience and celebration to underprivileged children and their families living in New Braunfels.
This year's theme is Santa's Workshop and our 45 participating families and their children (approx. 100 adults and 120 children) will be treated to a fun-filled afternoon of Christmas cheer including:
  • Buffet style holiday meal
  • Live entertainment and Christmas music
  • Guest appearance and pictures with Santa
  • Games and prizes
  • Stockings
  • Keepsake Christmas Ornament
  • Hand-selected Christmas gifts for each child based on their own "needs" and "wants"
  • Take home Christmas meal box including a smoked turkey and all the fixin's
The Club is asking that members either sponsor a child and purchase their preselected "need" and "want gifts", or sponsor a Christmas meal box, or both. There is a suggested minimum of $25 for each gift ($50 per child) and Christmas meal boxes are $60 each.
Making Spirits Bright is an opportunity to bring joy to children who may otherwise receive very little this holiday season and provide a full Christmas dinner to their family. We appreciate your consideration of continuing to serve our community in unique and thoughtful ways.
Sponsorships and Donations
For your generous sponsorship, we will recognize you on the Rotary Club of New Braunfels website, social media channels, and post-event new release. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the family’s situations, we are not able to allow children to attend the event. Availability of sponsorships are limited and subject to change.
Christmas Lunch Sponsor - $5,000 - One (1) Available
The Christmas Lunch Sponsorship covers the cost of the entire Making Spirits Bright traditional Christmas buffet lunch that will be served during the event to 45 families (roughly 100 adults and 120 children).

Christmas Meal Box Sponsor - $1,500 - Two (2) Available
The Christmas Meal Box Sponsorship covers the cost of the Making Spirits Bright Christmas meal boxes that will be distributed to each of the 45 families. The meal box includes a pre-cooked smoked turkey (cost covered by separate sponsorship), and all the fixin’s including canned vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, and desert, plus a beautiful handmade holiday table centerpiece.
Christmas Turkey Sponsor - $1,500 - Two (2) Available
The centerpiece of the Christmas meal box is a pre-cooked smoked turkey. The Christmas Turkey Sponsorship covers the cost of the turkeys that will be included in the Christmas Meal Boxes (separate sponsorship) and distributed to each of the 45 families.
Stocking Stuffer Sponsor - $500 - Six (6) Available
New this year are stockings that will be handed out to each of the 120 children. The Stocking Stuffer Sponsors will cover the cost of traditional stockings, each stuffed with typical Christmas stocking stuffer items such as candies, treats, activities, small toys, games, etc.
Santa Photos Sponsor - $500 - Two (2) Available
The Santa Photos Sponsorships cover the cost of the keepsake Santa Photos that are available to each of the children and their families. Photos are taken by a professional photographer, printed, inserted into a branded card, and mailed to the families after the event.
Keepsake Ornaments Sponsor - $500 - Two (2) Available
The Keepsake Ornaments Sponsorships cover the cost of the custom Making Spirits Bright logo ornaments produced each year as a keepsake for each family. The ornaments are a beautiful high-quality hand-made ceramic.
Santa’s Helpers - Limited to Rotary Members
Each member of the Rotary Club of New Braunfels has the opportunity to actively participate in Making Spirits Bright by adopting the child of a family, purchasing a Christmas meal box, or both. Adopting a child requires the purchase of gifts for one child of each family. Each child is represented on the Making Spirits Bright Christmas Tree and members select a child’s ornament that lists their “need” gift and their “want” gift that participants then shop for. Those gifts can then be wrapped at the Rotary Christmas Wrapping Party.
General Donations
General donations help to offset the overall costs of the event. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated.
2023 Schedule
Making Spirits Bright - Child Ornament Blessing Selection

Before and After Regular Club Meeting
Knights of Columbus Hall
November 15th
11:00AM - 1:30PM

Participating club members will select a child or children from the Making Spirits Bright Christmas Tree to purchase gifts for.

Making Spirits Bright - Ugly Sweater Wrappin' Party

Club Holiday Party
Knights of Columbus Hall
December 13th
11:30AM - 1:30PM
RSVP to Marian Benson by December 6th. Rotary family members are welcome to attend this fun and festive event.
Enjoy festive holiday party hors de' oeuvres, adult and regular beverages, the Ugly Sweater Contest, and Christmas Karaoke while wrapping the gifts purchased for the children.
Making Spirits Bright - Christmas Lunch Celebration
Knights of Columbus Hall
December 20th
11:30AM - 1:00PM
RSVP to Marian Benson by December 13th. Adult guests only please – children are not permitted to attend.

This annual holiday program will this year serve over 45 families to a special Christmas lunch celebration that includes a buffet holiday meal, photos with Santa, games, live music, stockings, a branded keepsake ornament, gifts for the children, and meal boxes containing a full Christmas dinner for the family.
For more information contact Julie Rivas at 830-237-5465 or email.