Toy drive bringing holiday cheer to children of murder victims
SAN ANTONIO - A special toy drive is underway bringing holiday cheer to the children of murder victims.
The Christmas Angels Toy Drive was created by a local nonprofit called Families of Murdered Victims San Antonio.
It started back in 2015 and just keeps getting bigger. The nonprofit now has more than forty children registered for gifts.
There's still time for even more children to register. The deadline is December 3rd. If you'd like to sponsor one of these children and buy them a gift from their list, you have until December 13th to sign up. All the information is on their website. Just click here.
You won't find many five-year-old’s more outgoing than Karisma Nieves.
"She's just a big old ball of love," says her mom Irene Castillo.
But Irene admits the holidays can be tough.
"It's harder during these times," she says.
Karisma's dad, Paul Nieves, was shot and killed back in September of 2015 near the intersection of North Rosillo Street and Barnes Alley on the West Side.
"You can only tell her so much right now," Castillo says. "Try to help her understand."
It's a big reason Felisha Gonzales founded the non-profit Families of Murdered Victims - San Antonio shortly after the 2015 murder of her older brother, 210 Kapone's club owner Pete Gonzales.
"For everybody else, the world went on," Gonzales says. "And we were able to find something positive out of all the negativity."
Their annual Christmas toy drive - bringing toys to the children of murder victims - just keeps getting bigger. From 15 kids in 2015 to more than 40 kids this year.
Karisma for one, knows what she wants from Santa.
"I want a Barbie Princess Cinderella," Karisma says with a smile.
"Something like this lets us know that we haven't gotten forgotten," Castillo adds.
Felisha Gonzales agrees. "There's a community behind them," she says. "There's a community rallying behind them."