Houston Chapter


The Houston Chapter, where it all began! 

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It has been my distinct honor and privilege to have been elected as President of Twelve Days Of Christmas Houston Chapter. I count this indeed as a blessing, and don’t take my responsibilities lightly just as my cohorts across the country. We have embarked upon a treasure that started from a small seed of a great big thing called compassion. This great compassion has now expanded into over six chapters across the country. I am THRILLED!

The Houston Chapter is the founding chapter. Our founders and their friends decided to “Party With A Purpose”. This phrase first coined by co-founder Gayla Gardner was derived from a thought that during the holidays as many are hustling and bustling from party to party for merriment, it would be a great idea to share this joy with others who may be struggling financially during the holidays. The idea of having twelve parties surrounded by friends who brought donations of food, clothing, and other items is the foundation of Twelve Days Of Christmas. As you know the term “Party With A Purpose” is now used globally with organizations large and small. I am PROUD!

Philanthropy has been the foundation of my upbringing. From my youth, I have volunteered for and supported causes with a foundation of compassion, and have extended those experiences into adulthood and to my two daughters. I am proud to be a part of a biological and organizational family of philanthropists. I do believe that if we put one foot forward with the goal of helping others in need, God will guide our steps and help us reach our goals. I often say that “we are answered prayers for someone”. Imagine the parents or guardians who prayerfully wonder how they are going to be able to purchase uniforms, supplies, backpacks, Christmas gifts, or food during the nearly month long winter break. And then they received a phone call from a “hostess” sharing the news that they have been adopted by The Twelve Days Of Christmas”. Our philanthropic efforts have garnered enormous support and sponsorship from individuals, families, organizations, and corporations. For this I am GRATEFUL!

Tawana W. Cadien

President, Twelve Days Of Christmas~Houston

President: Tawana W. Cadien, eMPA, RN


Vice President: Keisia N. Galmon, MS., CCC-SLP


Co-Founder/Treasurer: Gayla Gardner, Retired 


Finacial Secretary: Marilyn Hunter, Educator 


Recording Secretary: Andrea Hollingsworth, Educator 


Corresponding Secretary: Wandell Hawkins, Healthcare Administration Operations 



Jackie Adams 
Toni Altemus 
*Donya Gardner 
Karen Gray-Gomez 
*Valra Johnson
(^)Aerin William 
Jennifer Williams 
Aisha Young


Jackye Alton 
(^)Sherise Curd 
Ariann McCoy
*Betty Sanders 
Kimberly Silas 
Tamla Wilson 
Talibah Young

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