There is something about the holiday season that puts a sparkle in our eyes.

Everywhere you turn the sights and sounds of Christmas are upon us with decorations, lights and those oh so hard to resist homemade baked goods.

However, while most people are making their list and checking it twice, many are not so fortunate.

Each year due to misfortune, a number of children and their families do not experience the magic of Christmas and the joy that is so commonly spoken and sang about during the season.

Fortunately, for six families in Waxahachie, Santa Claus came in the form of a 6-foot, 3-inch, 320-pound NFL star named Brian Waters.

Waters, a Waxahachie High School alumnus and seven-year veteran for the Kansas City Chiefs and three time pro-bowler, believes that children of all ages deserve to have a good Christmas and made it a priority to offer Christmas assistance to those in need.

Every child dreams of Christmas morning, waking up early, excited about the sight of presents under the tree. However, due to financial hardships, there are children that won’t get that experience.

“It was important for me to help make sure these kids get a holiday to remember. We aren’t all lucky enough to have gifts under our tree during this time of year. This is a little way I can make sure these kids get that opportunity,” Waters said. “Waxahachie has been good to me and this is my way of showing appreciation. I remember being a kid and waiting to see what Santa had brought. I just want to make sure these kids have a great Christmas.

Waters knows and humbly accepts his role as a caregiver. He is well aware that by giving back to those in need, especially at this time of the year, one is able to make a mark.

It took no less than three trucks to deliver the more than 10 bicycles, clothes, shoes, rollerblades, scooters and dolls to the families that Waters selected.

When the trucks pulled up to the houses, the children were jumping with excitement and could not believe their eyes as other family members were sometimes brought to tears by Waters’ generosity.

Established in 2005, the Brian Waters Foundation was created to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Since its inception, the foundation has participated in numerous charitable events including building a home for Habitat for Humanity in Ellis County, “Funday in the Park” and Christmas assistance.

Most recently Waters was featured in a United Way commercial for his role in hosting a “Going to Kansas City” trip for a group of underprivileged youth from the Promise House in Dallas.

For more information on the Brian Waters 54 Foundation, contact the foundation at the54foundation@brianwaters54.net.