Schneider National donates Christmas gifts to Rawhide Boys Ranch
A local partnership brings Christmas to the at-risk youth at Rawhide Boys Ranch.
"This is a wonderful tradition that has been going on for almost a dozen years," said Alan Loux, president and CEO of Rawhide Boys Ranch.
Schneider National employees unloaded presents from their van by the bagful on Thursday morning before organizing them on tables at Rawhide Boys Ranch.
"Schneider is all about giving back to the community, and this allows us to give back to those boys," said Jessica Ferby, a logistics representative with Schneider National.
Those boys will spend this Christmas at the ranch.
"These youth are here and during Christmas," said Loux. "They don't get to spend time with their families, but instead, they get the love and support in the presents from Schneider."
The Schneider National employees buy presents that fulfill individual wish lists filled out by the boys.
"It can be anything from gift cards for iTunes, basketballs, fishing poles," said Ferby.
"Most of the youth that are here don't come from families that they get lots of presents and gifts," said Loux. "So, part of Rawhide is providing a family-like environment. That also means celebrating Christmas, the joy of giving gifts and receiving gifts."
Loux says for many of the boys, this Christmas is the first and only time they will get gifts like this.
"For me, it's kind of my bleeding heart that wants to give to everybody. It makes me smile a little bit, especially during this time of year," said Ferby.
Each of the six homes will get their Christmas gifts. Then, they will each set aside time to open them together.
"This relationship is more than just about presents. It's about a partnership together about how to do we change lives together one present at a time, one relationship at a time," said Loux.