More than 50 members of the Homeowners Association of the Greater Dallas area held their monthly luncheon at the Waxahachie Civic Center on Dec. 5.

After a concert of seasonal music by the Ovilla Christian School choir, Kevin Klein, president of the Homebuilders Association, recognized special guests and newcomers and announced that an abundant supply of food and $250 had been collected by the organization to be donated to Daniel’s Den Women’s Shelter.

John Wyckoff, executive director of the Gingerbread House, (Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center) was on hand to give a report, noting, “In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, about 93 percent of all child abuse cases involve a relative or acquaintance of the child - and in Ellis County, that number was 100 percent.

“Because of your support, we are able to keep our doors open 24 hours a day,” Wyckoff told the association, which presented the Gingerbread House with a 32-inch flat-screen television.

The Gingerbread House’s new offices are under construction on the corner of Ross and Farley streets in Waxahachie.