Open your eyes! Believe it or not! We are surrounded by holiday happenings wherever you look. Music and lights in stores and homes remind us of such joyous occasions.
The official Waynedale Christmas Tree, located in front of the Southwest Conservation Club, has been decorated by students from St. Therese Catholic School. You don’t have to go far…the Christmas spirit is already alive and well in Waynedale!
The Waynedale Community Improvement Team, led by Camille Garrison, has organized a decorating contest for our local business establishments. Choose any of the businesses on the ballot found in this issue of The Waynedale News, then, vote on Best Exterior Decor, Best Interior Decor and Best Overall Decor. Winning businesses are competing for a prize, and raffle prizes provided by the merchants will be awarded to lucky voters. The contest begins December 4th and continues until Christmas. Garrison also shared that there will be a fundraiser December 8th from 11a.m. – 1p.m. at Pizza Hut, 6809 Bluffton Road, for the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalk Initiative.
Churches in our area have special projects that will help those in need in Waynedale and abroad. Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritans’s Purse concluded their Shoebox Drive in November. Headed up by Franklin Graham, this project gives millions of children all over the world the chance to experience Christmas for possibly the first time. There are collection boxes at many local retailers as well for projects like Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and other charitable organizations.
Waynedale United Methodist Church, at 2501 Church Street, is again sponsoring an “Angel Tree”, associated with Fort Wayne Prison Ministries. The “Angels” taken from the tree have suggested donations for children that have a parent incarcerated. St. Therese Catholic Church, located at 2304 Lower Huntington Road has a special “Giving Tree”, where donors will take an envelope from the tree and return it with gift cards, cash or scripts to assist anonymous needy families in our area. Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 4900 Fairfield Avenue has two “Angel Trees”. One tree is designated for children in their school while the other provides donations to families within the Lutheran Social Services care. These families apply to be “adopted” for the holidays and sponsoring churches will then provide gifts for children, a basket of food and other needs in the household. Sunday, December 6th is the deadline for all these projects.
As a special gift to Waynedale, Santa will be coming on the Waynedale Holiday Trolley December 19th from 3pm to 6pm. This FREE event begins at the American Legion Post #241, 7605 Bluffton Road. Beaulah Matczak says, “Santa and Mrs. Claus, Elves and even a Snowman will be on hand. Make sure you bring cameras to get pictures with Santa.” Children will receive reindeer antlers to wear and refreshments will be on hand. The route for the trolley will be determined later to make sure the nicest decorations are discovered. This FREE event route will return to the American Legion to allow new passengers to get on board and return you to your vehicles. Oh yes, and did I mention this event is FREE!