WAXAHACHIE — Common Ground Ministries was presented with a $5,000 check from the John Houston Family of Companies on Dec. 14 to assist with daily necessities and providing an extraordinary Christmas for 30 underprivileged children.

Stacie Dixon, the executive director of Common Ground, explained, “If it weren’t for groups and individuals like this, we wouldn’t be able to keep Common Ground Ministries operating. We are a non-profit, and we have a very select few that give on a regular basis."

Board members with Common Ground have communicated with representatives with John Houston Family of Companies since the end of November, so the extra support was not a surprise to them. Knowing the donation was coming, staff prepared this year’s holiday shopping store, “Christmas with Dignity” with additional credit to give to shoppers to spend on gifts. Half of the donation was used to provide families an unforgettable Christmas.

Dixon said they are usually able to bless two or three families each year with assistance purchasing gifts at Christmas with Dignity. This year, they were able to help every family in the program. In the 10 years Dixon has worked there, she’s never seen this happen.

When Christmas with Dignity came to a close, Common Ground was able to provide presents at a fraction of the price to over 40 families across the eastern side of Waxahachie.

Helping families at Christmas time is essential to Common Ground because the staff doesn’t want their students to feel left out during the holidays but want to give them a day to remember genuinely. Assistant director Keisha Pearson said she is thankful to benefit the children who attend Common Ground.

Dixon recalled a mother of nine children at Christmas with Dignity who was in tears of joy after hearing she was receiving the extra credit to shop.

“That mom of nine would not have been able to provide, and she cried from the time I was able to get it out of my mouth until we got her stuff to her car," she said. "It’s a big deal for parents to feel like they are able to provide for their children.”

Common Ground is a nonprofit, after-school program that provides tutoring to children from various backgrounds, economically and educationally. The nonprofit doesn’t sustain from consistent funding.

“Being an organization that depends solely on the kindness of other organizations pour into us so we can pour out to others, it is a feeling of elation when someone is able to assist us to make a difference for families that otherwise could possibly have nothing during this particular season,” Pearson said.

Pearson and Dixon said they are excited about the future partnerships and the endeavors.

“We are extremely thankful for the prayers and well wishes, that constant positive upliftment from the community as a whole, revolving around Common Grounds especially," Pearson said. "At this time of year being Christmas, where we are immensely blessed with a core group of people who remain steadfast in their assistance. We have some faithful warriors that are our angels.

Dixon thanked John Houston Family of Companies stating, “We are very, very, very thankful and blessed. It’s a big deal to with them and bless us.”

The purpose of Common Ground is to serve as a lighthouse to all of the children in some capacity.

Pearson said, “Some [children] don’t have home structures or home lives where they are engulfed in positivity. So, they can come here for two hours of the day and get that emotional support they need. Because it is spiritually based, the children are blessed spiritually in some shape or form of fashion every day that they come. We are an organization that believes in pouring in into the children in the community in order to help this particular community to grow.”

Representatives with John Houston Family of Companies didn’t want to comment because the donation is pertaining to the organization and the families it’s impacting.