This year marked the 16th year of the “angel tree” project, led by the Creative Designers craft club at the Gilbert active senior community.
It all starts right after school begins, with Higley staff and teachers identifying families in need and offering an invitation to be part of the program. Families provide a “wish list” for all the children in their homes.
The district creates “tree tags” that are displayed in November in the Trilogy clubhouse, starting with the Creative Designers holiday boutique. Trilogy residents then select a child to sponsor and all the presents are wrapped and delivered to principals and Higley administration during a December reception.
“The Creative Designers are the leading force to put this event on,” said Gina Metoyer, Trilogy community manager. “And it’s amazing to see what Trilogy has done to support the students in need. I’m so proud to be part of this community.”
In addition to the gifts, the Creative Designers craft club donates proceeds from its boutique to the schools.
Barbara Jester, one of the Creative Designers leaders, has been a part of the program since its inception.
“I don’t have grandchildren so this is an opportunity for me to be a pseudo grandmother,” she told the principals and staff during the reception. “We’ve been taking care of the angel tree program for 16 years. Even yet today, Trilogy residents who participate in this, they are so grateful to have the opportunity to help everyone in need.”