As the Official Dentist of the Dallas Mavericks, Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics was honored to sponsor the experience of a lifetime for a group of homeless children in Dallas-Ft. Worth at the annual Cookies with Santa event on December 15, 2023.
The entire 2023-24 Dallas Mavericks team and mascots spent the afternoon entertaining children from Vogel Alcove, a nonprofit which provides support services for homeless children and their families. The kids enjoyed classic holiday festivities, including a special reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from Santa himself. Each child received a gift bag full of presents and necessities, including items from their Christmas list, clothing and dental kits provided by Jefferson, to enjoy during the holiday season.
It doesn’t get much cuter than tiny kids hanging out with 7 foot tall NBA stars! Check out the full event recap below —it’s sure to make you smile!
It’s not the holiday season without decorating gingerbread cookies. The kids had a blast and enjoyed a sweet treat at the cookie decorating station. The Mavs players’ competitive spirit shined through as they turned it into a cookie decorating competition.
Reindeer Ornament Craft Station
Once the kids had all the sugary treats they could eat, they got to make reindeer ornaments with all of Santa’s helpers (aka The Mavs Team).
Letters to Santa
The kids had a blast writing their letters to Santa and even more fun putting their letters into the mailbox that goes straight to the North Pole! Little did they know that later in the evening, Santa and The Mavs would be giving them exactly what they asked for.
Storytime with Santa
After Santa made his grand entrance, he sat down and read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” to all of the kids with his special helper elf, Dallas Mavericks’ Josh Green. They were hanging on to his every word and were so excited to meet the REAL Santa Claus!
When storytime came to an end, The Mavs acted as Santa’s elves, handing out gifts to each kid. They also received dental kits, clothing, and other necessities. They couldn’t believe Santa brought all of these presents just for them! Even better, they got to play with their toys with The Mavs for the rest of the evening!
Shooting Hoops with the Mavs
One of the sweetest moments of the event was towards the end, when the kids got to shoot hoops assisted by their much taller friends, the Dallas Mavericks. The players lifted them up to the basket so they too could feel the joy of scoring points for the Dallas Mavericks. Even Santa sunk a few shots!
Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics’ Commitment to Care
Since Jefferson first opened its doors in 1967, our goal has been the same: to care for our community. That means providing the highest quality dental and orthodontic care possible to those who need it most. The Cookies with Santa event with the Dallas Mavericks is our favorite days of the year, as it allows them to provide underprivileged children with the special attention and care they deserve.