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The John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program would not be possible without the support of our partners, both on the UT campus as well as within the surrounding community. Because of their generosity and support, we are able to provide ingredients for a holiday meal to hundreds of UT families each year.

VolunteerFinancial Donations | Food Donations | Gift Cards


Preparing and distributing the ingredients for a holiday meal all in one day takes a lot of volunteers to make it happen.  If you or your group would like to help out, please let us know.  The date for Distribution Day 2020 has not yet been set.  Please check back in September 2020 for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at HFSA-HAC@utexas.edu.

Thanks in advance!


If you can help us make a difference in the lives of others, please donate to the John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program. Financial donations can be made anytime and are 100% tax deductible.  You can set up a one-time gift or a recurring gift to our program.

Step-by-step online donation:  

  • Visit http://bit.ly/HolidayAssistanceDonation
  • Be sure the selections are  “Diversity and Community Engagement, Division of” and “Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association Holiday Assistance Pgm”
  • Select Gift Frequency (one-time, sustaining, recurring)
  • Select YES or NO for “Is this gift in honor or memory of someone?”
  • Complete narrative if applicable
  • Complete Matching information if applicable
  • Click “Personal Information” button to proceed
    (You can log in with your UT EID and it will populate your personal information)
  • Review and change/update any necessary information
  • Click “Review” button
  • Review information
  • Click “Payment” button
  • Enter payment information and click “Pay” button

Other ways to donate financially:
You can also send a check, made payable to The University of Texas at Austin with “HFSA Holiday Assistance Program” in the memo, to:

HFSA Treasurer
P.O. Box 8184
Austin, TX 78713

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One of the most popular activities has been “donation drives” sponsored by individuals, departments, and organizations. A donation drive can be a contest among several organizations to see which can gather the largest donations of food and or gift cards. or an individual decorating a box, placing it in a departmental office and encouraging colleagues to fill it with food items or gift cards. All provide needed resources for our program.

Please note that food donation drives should be held in time to allow for delivery and distribution during our program which takes place in early December. If you would like to host a food drive, please contact us at HFSA-HAC@utexas.edu for more information. Items we need are:

Flour (1lb/2lb bags) Sugar (1lb/2lb bags) Canned corn
Rice (1lb/2lb bags) Beans (1lb/2lb bags) Canned green beans
Canned cranberry sauce Box mac & cheese Turkey gravy packets
Box instant mashed potatoes Box of stuffing Box of hot cocoa

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Gift cards should be treated the same as cash donations. It is suggested that the HEB gift card has a $10 value.  If you do not feel comfortable placing gift cards in a donation box, please contact us at HFSA-HAC@utexas.edu to arrange for a pick-up.

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