San Antonio Increases GivingThe more than decade-old holiday giving of United Tool and Fastener, San Antonio, continues again this year in what has become an eagerly-anticipated yearly tradition. UTF employees and customers join together each year during the holidays to participate in the long-running charity, “Construct a Kid’s Christmas,” administered by Construction News.

For more than a decade, various UTF employees and customers have combined their efforts to buy bicycles for children under the care of the Bexar County Child Welfare Board.

It has become an annual Christmas-giving tradition for San Antonio UTF employees combining comradery, charity, and entertainment.

Each year (in San Antonio), we gather our resources to buy bicycles to donate to ‘Construct a Kid's Christmas’, a program put together by Buddy and Reesa Doebler of Construction News,” UTF Sales and Marketing Vice President, John Calhoun, said.

This year, United Tool and Fastener is giving 50 bicycles to “Construct a Kid’s Christmas”.

“We have given or bought hundreds and hundreds of bikes,” Calhoun added. “It has become a wonderful tradition that brings everyone closer together.”

Each year during the holidays, Construction News holds a fundraising gala and collects toys. After the event, the toys and contributions are given to the Bexar County Child Welfare Board, which supports child welfare in Texas.

“In addition to buying bicycles, we also buy a table of 10 seats and often invite sales people and their spouses or customers,” Calhoun said.

“This year, two of our inside sales guys and their spouses as well as reps from Alterman and Big State Electric will be attending the event.”

The fundraising gala event includes dinner, a live band, and a cash bar in addition to silent and live auctions.

The Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards' (TCCWB) mission is to support a statewide network of volunteers concerned with the welfare of children, especially those suffering from abuse and neglect.