Holiday Heroes: One Texas nonprofit puts smiles on over 1,000 kids every Halloween

Every holiday has its unsung hero, and AOL's video series "Holiday Heroes" highlights those individuals who are making a difference in their communities.

Halloween is that time of year when every child wants to dress up as his or her favorite superhero or movie character. Costume Connections in Austin, Texas helps children and families who are unable to afford store-bought costumes do just that, making their imaginations come to life.

Founded by Michelle Burns, the nonprofit started as a small costume drive and has expanded into an operation that provides over 1,200 costumes to children in the Austin area.

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Superrrrr baby!!!! 😂 #HappyHalloween 🎃🎃🎃 Check our my stories to see him fly!!!
Getting ready for Halloween in Osaka! 👻
OK we were just kidding about skipping Halloween. #ALegendaryChristmas will return after a brief interruption
Happiest Halloween—from (good!) Sea witch, Ariel and their crew!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (Jionni was black panther but we lost his costume 😩) 📸: @jlavalle5
Max is such a joker and Emme’s really milking this Halloween 🎃 thing. 😅🐮#itaughtyoubetter #clowningaround #udderlyadorable #shesgotMOOves #milkshake
Pirates life for me
‘Tis I, Mother of Dragons! Pretty clever right?! If you’re looking for equally clever or just plain adorable costumes for your kiddos this Halloween head on over to thoseheavenlydays.com for an incredible list of ideas from my fabulous guest editor @poppyscollection Better hurry though, all the cuteness is getting snapped up quick! #thoseheavenlydays are family themed Halloween costumes we all get a kick out of! Or at least I do anyway!
They got candy? LEGO!
Happy Halloween from Bella.
Happy Halloween from the #Housleys.
Wakanda #Family. #Halloween
Princess #Aurora 👸 and her Prince 🤴..a Ninja 🛡⚔️ and a Samurai Warrior 🤷‍♀️🎃 styled by #skyandkaius💙👼 #trickortreat 💀👻 #halloween2018 XoRZ
And so it begins ......#halloweencostume #propertyofthejoker
Our first Halloween as a #familyoffive was a good time! #kidspickedthem #giraffe🦒 #unicorn🦄 and thx @potterybarnkids for Havie and Haysie's costumes #lovemypbk
Happy Halloween, everyone! 🎃 Have a Spooky night! 🧡🖤🧡
Soooooo, last minute we had to come to Florida to visit Timmy’s parents because Timmy’s dad needs surgery. Everybody wish him well!!! Anyways, we missed our little chickens second Halloween 😢but he still dressed up! Will this be the last year we can dress him in what WE want him to be???? Also, I’m pretty sure he’s eating a snickers bar. That’s badass for a one year old.
Behind the scene shots of our Halloween photo shoot. It was a hectic day of applying makeup and crossing fingers, hoping all the spooky stars align. Hope you think they did. Check out the final shot at David’s account: @dbelicious
my baby butterfly..
Happy Halloween!!!! It’s our first Halloween together!!!! She’s too cute to spook!! (Don’t judge me, I have more costumes to post lol) 🦄🐼
Happy Halloween from the Deckers!! We did our best to get a family shot! Lol
I hope this little blackbird grows to 🖤 this holiday as much as I do!
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"I think what I look forward to most is watching the kids in here," Costume Connections Director Angie Lopez told AOL. "They try on the costumes, they play, they run around and no one leaves sad."

Learn more about this incredible venture in the episode of "Holiday Heroes" above! 

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