The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Circle of Living Hope, Inc. to help give foster children a Christmas to remember. Through the partnership, the Chamber has erected an Angel Tree that chamber staff hopes will encourage the community to sponsor a local child.
The Angel Tree is a first-time project for the Chamber with hopes of benefitting nearly 70 foster children in the Red Oak area and throughout Ellis County.
Community members can choose a child to provide a gift for by picking an angel from the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Chamber or by going online to the Chamber’s website to access the childrens’ wish lists.
Chamber administrator Hannah Tigert said so far most of the children have been accounted for but not all quite yet — about 30 children are still in need of a sponsor. The ages range from nine months to 17-years-old.
Gifts vary from jackets, electronics, dolls, stuffed animals, movies and more.
The deadline for the Chamber to receive presents is Dec. 5, as the staff needs all of the presents wrapped before the foster children celebrate their annual Christmas party.
“On Dec. 17, Everley Rose has donated their event center for these kids to have their annual Christmas party there,” Tigert said. “That was the original party date and then Everley Rose jumped in and said ‘Hey, we are already going to have our event center decorated for Christmas so y’all just have it here’.”
Staff from the Everley Rose Event Center has adopted a group of angels from the tree to provide Christmas for this year as well.
Tigert added that if a business or individual isn’t able to shop on their own for the child on the angel tree, he or she can give a monetary donation so a Chamber staff member can purchase the gift on their behalf.
Tigert said the Chamber staff is ecstatic to take part in the season of giving and noted the Chamber will put its own personal touch on the presents by wrapping the gifts themselves.
“We are actually wrapping gifts ourselves for this. We told people that they didn’t have to wrap their gifts and that we would do it for them. We are happy to be involved in the community and help these kids get a Christmas,” Tigert said.
“This is the first year we are actually doing an Angel Tree but we intend to do it every year for now on,” Tigert said.
Circle of Living Hope, Inc. is a non-profit foster care, adoption agency located in Red Oak.
Circle of Living Hope administrator Samantha Williams said the gifts donated are just small token to giving a foster child a traditional Christmas. Even though the children have their Christmas party celebration every year, the gift of something tailored to their liking makes the holiday unique to them.
Williams also mentioned that sometimes the foster children are in homes with multiple children, which could make it more difficult for parents to budget for several gifts per child. She said the children don’t have much to begin with, so presents from the Angel Tree make Christmas more extraordinary for the foster children this holiday season.
For an opportunity to share jolly generosity, adopt an angel from the Christmas tree from the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce located at 102 YMCA Dr. or call at 972-937-2390.