If you visited the DWA during the holiday season, you may have noticed the magnificent, lighted palm tree soaring high into the sky at the entrance, a number of authentic decorative wreaths adorning the walls and an abundance of beautifully illuminated trees that were scattered throughout the facility. It was also during this time that a bit of holiday cheer was spread to those less fortunate, in a heartwarming and humbling way for the DWA employees.
For the sixth consecutive year, the DWA has partnered with local Child Protective Services and WFAA-Channel 8 (ABC) to host a memorable and joyous event for more than fifty children in foster homes. Rather than having the generic office party where someone spikes the eggnog and two or three people inevitably end up with regret, the staff at the DWA personally purchased a number of gifts for local foster children. On Dec. 10, these children, along with their foster families and CPS workers, joined our staff for food, fun, presents, music and dancing. Bryan Prescott, our favorite DJ, once again donated his time, playing the sounds of the season. Being the front runner for all the dance floor festivities, no one gets everyone involved like Bryan! Thanks Bryan for your continued support of our annual event!
While readily awaiting the arrival of a very special guest, everyone enjoyed delicious food provided by the in-house catering company, Daryl’s by Design. Cynthia Izaguirre, co-anchor of News 8 Daybreak, WFAA Channel 8 (ABC), introduced the big man himself, Santa Claus, accompanied by the lovely Mrs. Claus. Many thanks to Cynthia for participating again this year – her enthusiasm and genuine concern for the children was very evident, and while at the DWA, Cynthia filmed a segment for “Wednesday’s Child.”
Kris Kringle illuminated the eyes of the children as he slowly made his way toward the tree that was surrounded by gifts, while greeting an eager number along the way. Santa and Mrs. Claus handed out presents and goodies to all the girls and boys. The children tore open the wrapping paper, finding to their delight, a gift from their wish list. The smiles and bustle of laughter and music combined to create true holiday spirit.
The afternoon concluded with dancing, children playing with their gifts and even a causal game of pick-up basketball. It was not only about gift-giving, the children and their guests also toured the facility and learned about the many plants and animals at the DWA – an experience that was totally new to most of them. As we know, the ideal situation would be that each one of these adorable children be blessed with a strong, stable and permanent home as soon as possible. In the meantime, we were once again touched by the smiles and spirits of the children as everyone celebrated together.