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Office: (409)797-5121

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Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5124

Galveston Spreads Holiday Cheer and Charity During Season of Giving


GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 4, 2015) – ‘Tis the season of giving and this year Galveston is offering the chance to give back to the community when you visit the island this holiday season. Here are a few ways you can help spread some charitable cheer:


·         Moody Gardens Food Drive Thursdays

Visitors to Moody Gardens this season can bring non-perishable food items from 5-10 p.m. on Thursdays Nov. 19-Jan. 7 and receive two-for-one Festival of Lights admission. The food drive will benefit Galveston County Food Bank to help local families in need throughout the holiday season. For details, visit


·         Merry Kids’smas Scramble Toy Drive at Moody Gardens Golf Course

The Moody Gardens Golf Course is helping to make the holiday season brighter for children in Galveston County with its annual Merry Kids'smas Scramble and toy drive at 12 p.m. Dec. 5. The golf tournament, held in memory of Josephine Barrientes, will benefit the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County. The entry fee is $50 per player, $40 for annual pass holders and requires a new, unwrapped toy per player. It includes green and cart fees, range balls, prizes and refreshments. For details, visit 

·         2015 Santas’ Night Out Charity Pub Crawl

If you’re looking for a way to get on Santa’s good side this year, Galveston’s Islander By Choice is offering the perfect opportunity with their 2015 Santas’ Night Out charity  pub crawl event benefitting  Galveston’s Shriner’s Hospital for Children and The Galveston Diaper Bank. The annual toy drive and pub crawl will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 beginning at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Galveston. The public is invited to join in holiday-themed costumes and take to the streets of Galveston for cold ales, hot toddies and fine friendship while collecting much needed supplies. The event is free, although participants are encouraged to bring unopened diaper packages, wipes or toys. For details, visit


About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, featuring more than 50 days of holiday festivities and more than 1,000 holiday events during the winter season. The island is home to the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, as well as the nationally known Victorian Christmas festival Dickens on The Strand among many other attractions. For more information on holiday activities in Galveston, visit


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