Waxahachie ISD student-athletes collected several truckloads of toys, games and more on Wednesday to benefit the local Common Ground Ministries’ Christmas store.
The items were collected at the Waxahachie High School indoor athletic complex throughout the day, concluding with the annual RBI Club toy drive in the evening.
Waxahachie ISD Athletic Director Greg Reed previously told the Daily Light that he hopes the drive teaches the student-athletes to "go out and share and be part of something bigger than themselves." He also noted one of the core values of the department is stewardship.
Reed stated in an email Thursday afternoon that this year's efforts made him proud to be the athletic director.
"Thank you for the contributions your programs made to the Common Ground Ministry toy drive," Reed added in thanks to the coaches, student-athletes and community members. "We have great kids and great coaches to serve our wonderful community!"
Reed also thanked longtime Waxahachie ISD coach and current girls' golf coach, Lonnie Gaylor, for dedicating his time and trailer to help transport the toys to Common Ground Ministries.
Common Ground Ministries is a tutoring-and-administrative facility focused on providing for about 30 children from low-income families. Toys donated in the drive will go toward the ministry’s Christmas store — Christmas with Dignity.
At the Christmas store, parents can purchase presents for a third of the retail price. It will be open from 9 —11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 for families registered with Common Ground before opening from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for others who need additional help this Christmas.
Gifts that are left over from the Christmas store would be donated to the Night of Wonder, which is another group that benefits low-income families in Waxahachie ISD.
Any leftover toys from Common Ground Ministries’ Christmas store will also be donated to the Texas Baptist Home to directly help the foster care and adoption agency provide their children presents to unwrap on Christmas morning.