Several Angleton ISD kids were treated to an extra special treat when they met with Houston Astro Alex Bregman.
Through the Bregman Cares charity and with the help of Lily’s Toy Box and Gulf Coast Ford, these kids and their siblings received Christmas toys.
Erin Boren had brain surgery, and her autistic son, Caston, had a tonsillectomy and his adenoids removed within the past year, so money was tight this Christmas for the Boren family of six children and two adults.
However, like Alex Bregman has done countless times as a member of the World Champion Houston Astros, he came up in the clutch for families like the Borens.“For us, it was a little early Christmas this year, and we appreciate it,” Erin said.
Bregman was on his second charity trip to Southern Brazoria County to ensure families with autistic children have a happy Christmas.
Bregman was joined by his personal hitting coach Jason Columbus, who helps organize the event.
The event hits close to home for Columbus, whose 9-year-old son, Brady, is autistic. Brady inspired Bregman to start Bregman Cares, which helps raise money so autistic children can access the best available resources.
“We want to help families who are less fortunate during difficult times, and I know the struggles with having a child with autism and how difficult things can be,” Columbus said.
Columbus reaches out to schools to see if they have autistic children in their school system and if their families are struggling. The present distribution included children from Angleton and Brazosport ISD’s.
The event in Angleton went fast, with presents distributed within 45 minutes. “We try to make sure that everyone has something to open for the holidays,” Columbus said.
While Erin Boren admitted she is a bandwagon Astros fan, getting to meet Bregman was a Christmas gift for her sons Corbin and Carter. Bregman thanked those for coming to the distribution, met the Gulf Coast Auto Park staff and headed out to his next stop — much like Santa Claus jumping back into his sleigh on Christmas Day. “For the older kids, seeing him is a Christmas present in itself, and they’ll enjoy these pictures,” Erin said. “We appreciate him coming down.”
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