One Waxahachie nonprofit, assisted by two local school districts, recently continued its tradition of bringing families closer together during the Christmas season.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Waxahachie’s community-oriented non-profit, Mission 75165, united churches and local businesses to help provide Christmas joy in a unique way for the seventh consecutive year.

Sixteen local churches and seven businesses worked together for the annual all-hands-on-deck event, The Night of Wonder, which aids those in need during the holiday season.

Under the direction of Freedom Fellowship International pastor Cory Lucas, volunteers on 15 Waxahachie ISD campuses and three Life School campuses turned more than a few Christmas dreams into reality. Families experiencing financial hardship in the Waxahachie and Life School districts were served a hot meal, supplied food for a special Christmas dinner at home, and given bags of gifts for their children to unwrap on Christmas morning.

In one joy-filled night of wonder, volunteers served 2,000 residents a hot meal of roasted turkey with all the fixings at each of the campuses.

Volunteers also distributed 225 bagged Christmas meals, as well as provided gifts for 574 children — which were snuck into their parents’ cars when the kids were busy doing Christmas crafts with volunteers. The presents were bought through the generosity of anonymous donors so that the parents can place them under the tree, and give their children Christmas.

Ginger Robinson, who is the director of accountability and assessment for WISD and oversees the counseling department, said she has been involved with the Night of Wonder since its inception. She noted the program has grown from helping one elementary school campus in year one to all seven elementary schools a couple of years later and then, three years ago, expanding to include all 15 WISD campuses.

“WISD is so fortunate to have such a strong partnership with Mission 75165 bringing the local church to partner with the school,” Robinson said. “The joy they bring to our students and their families on the night of wonder is priceless. Everything from the crafts and games, a hot family meal, receiving gifts and hearing the true meaning of Christmas, is simply irreplaceable.”

Robinson added, “With the help of our campus counselors and administration teams, Mission 75165 and our area churches, we are able to give the support needed to several of our WISD families during the holiday season by providing gifts, food and prayers. Over the past seven years, we have serviced thousands of students and their families and could not be more excited to see how this partnership continues to grow for many years to come.”