The HFSA Holiday Assistance Program began in 1996 through the selfless efforts of two HFSA members, Twiggy Aguilera and Rebeca Treviño. A modest offering of a frozen turkey and some collected canned goods is how HFSA began serving university employees who needed some assistance during the holidays. As word got out, more requests were made for assistance and other partners on-campus and off-campus were enlisted to help fill that need. As the years went on, the Holiday Assistance Program grew to assist more than 300 families during the holiday season. Without the rallying spirit of our two founders and many dedicated volunteers, the program would not be the success it is today.
John Treviño Jr. was a pillar of the Austin community. His advocacy and service inspired many generations of people. He utilized his connections and political savvy to help extend partnership opportunities for the Holiday Assistance Program. He volunteered every year and was instrumental in broadening the reach of the program. All who knew him will always remember his wisdom and compassion. At the December 2017 Distribution Day, the program was formally dedicated in John’s name.
The John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program would not be possible without the support of these partners. Because of their generosity and support, families receive ingredients for a holiday meal each year. Join HFSA in thanking these current supporters:
- University Federal Credit Union
- Orange Santa
- Office of the President
- UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
- Human Resource Services
- UT Sign Shop
- UT Facilities Services
- Friends of Orange Santa
- Friends of Holiday Assistance Program