Youth gather for a “Frozen” Christmas party hosted by  BCFS Health and Human Services’ San Antonio Transition Center

“Let it go,” from Disney’s “Frozen,” resonates with youth overcoming complicated pasts

Photo: Sunset Station

SAN ANTONIO – The BCFS San Antonio Transition Center hosted a Christmas celebration for youth in foster care, those who aged out of care, and other young adults overcoming issues like homelessness, poverty and abuse. Over 300 guests packed into Sunset Station on December 17th for the “Frozen” Christmas party, inspired by the hit Disney movie.

The youth received Christmas stockings stuffed with toys, ornaments and gift cards, and posed for photos with BCFS’ guests of honor – Santa Claus and Ana, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen.” Guests enjoyed a Christmas feast with all the trimmings, and Christmas classics like hot cocoa.

“Christmas can be an especially difficult time for youth who have an unhealthy home life or lack a traditional family support system,” says Gayle Davis, BCFS’ Community Services Division Central Associate Executive Director. “Many of the youth we serve have been removed from their biological parents due to abuse or neglect. We work with them to overcome their past and build a bright future. Our Christmas celebration is the perfect time for BCFS and the San Antonio community to remind them they are loved and appreciated.”

Guests included youth who rely on transition center services, young adults who are alumni of the center’s programs, and BCFS’ community partners including UTSA, UT Teen Health, and Restore Education.

A group of nine youth gave a spirited performance of the “Frozen” theme song “Let it go,” belting out those now famous lyrics: “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all!”

The “Let it go” performers were decked out in costumes provided by Art 2 Heart, a youth leadership program, and hair and makeup services were provided by Career Point and the National Council of Jewish Women. Gifts and stockings for the youth were donated by Christian Family Church. Rosemary’s Catering donated the Christmas feast, and Williams’ Confectionary provided the dessert bar.

The BCFS San Antonio Transition Center is a safe-haven for local youth including those in and out of foster care, youth in the juvenile justice system, and other young adults struggling to transition to adulthood and independence. The center provides case management, counseling, mentorships, and assistance with education, employment and housing location.

For more information about BCFS’ San Antonio Transition Center, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/SanAntonio or call (210) 733-7932.