After several weeks of coordinating adoptions and collections for gifts, Wylie ISD delivered some holiday cheer to families in need earlier this month.
Hosting its annual Wylie Way Christmas and Holidays at Watkins Elementary School, Wylie ISD distributed gifts to 411 families in need this year, said Family Liaison Joley Martin. Beginning in October, the district identifies families in need before putting out adoption tags, similar to an Angel Tree program.
Last year, the district provided gifts for 435 families, Martin said, after helping 459 families in 2020.
Families were able to adopt tags in November, fulfilling Christmas wishes and returning the gifts to the district by Nov. 30. Martin said it then takes about two weeks total to complete registration of the families, return the gifts and organize the event.
Throughout the weeks leading up to the Wylie Way Christmas and Holidays event, volunteers throughout the community helped assemble gifts. Martin said the event is not possible without the participation of volunteers throughout the community and in all phases of the annual holiday tradition.
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