John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program

Important Dates |Our Needs | Our Supporters | Our History | Our Committee

2019 Important Dates

Fri, November 1: Application opens
Fri, November 15: Application closes
Fri, December 6 – Distribution Day (tentative)
        Pickup will take place from 1pm – 5pm

* Applications must be completed online.  No paper forms will be available. More information to come.

Our Needs

HFSA HAC Information Flyer (pdf)

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
  • Select “Diversity and Community Engagement, Division of” from the first drop-down menu
  • Select “Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association Holiday Assistance Pgm” from the 2nd drop-down menu
  • 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

In-kind Donations:
During the months of October & November, we collect canned goods and other food items. 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

If you would like to host a food drive, please contact us at for materials.

Volunteer on Distribution Day
Visit to volunteer on Distribution Day which will take place in December.

Another Way to Give Back:
You may also consider supporting our partner program, Orange Santa, which serves the same population as our program but brings toys and smiles to our UT children!

Our Supporters & Partners

The John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program would not be possible without the support of these partners. Because of their generosity and support, 250-300 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
  • IKEA
  • HEB


Our History

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.

Our Committee

If you would like to join our planning committee, please email or join our mailing list at

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