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This Christmas Season the John Houston Family of Companies will be partnering with Common Ground Ministries and their "Christmas with Dignity" outreach. Common Ground Ministries is a non-denominational, Christian based, after school and summer, mentoring and tutoring program for 30 children on the east side of Waxahachie, K-5th grade. 

Every Christmas season Common Ground opens a discounted Christmas store for the parents of the children they mentor. The goal of this store is to provide dignity to parents by allowing them to purchase great gifts for their children at an extremely low price. All proceeds from the store go right back into Common Grounds ministry. Not only gifts for their child for Christmas, but a further investment into their child through their after-school program. The store is open to other at-risk families in Waxahachie after parents of the after-school program shop first. Any Christmas presents that were not purchased at the store will be donated to the Night of Wonder Christmas outreach, serving under resourced families through WISD.

Our goal for the Christmas with Dignity outreach is $5,000. Anything that we raise above the $5,000 will go to help other families in financial need through our local church partnerships.



You can give by clicking the donate button below and all donations will go directly to Common Grounds Ministries to purchase the needed toys or anything above $5,000 will go to help other families in need in our community. You can give any amount you wish and all gifts are welcome. For every $10 given by a JH employee, you will have 1 ticket entry into our annual prize drawing at the company Christmas party, Thursday, Dec. 13th. All monetary donations must be made by Friday, December 7th. All donations made through JH Reach will be given a tax-deductible receipt. 

*You will only be eligible to win 1 smaller prize and 1 Grand Prize drawing.


If you would like to volunteer to help with the "Christmas with Dignity" store, there are 2 days that you can help volunteer: 

Friday, December 7th / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Come on your lunch break to help sort and price items for the store.

Saturday, December 8th / 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Come help parents shop for and wrap their gifts. There will be 2 different shifts on Saturday to sign up for. The first shift will help parents of the 30 children enrolled in Common Ground. The 2nd shift will help other families from the community.

Address for Common Ground Ministries: 604 E Parks Ave, Waxahachie, TX 75165


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Select the day and time you would like to help out at Common Ground. You can check more than one time slot.