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Lobo Angels big and small have their wishes fulfilled

One of Little Elm ISD's holiday traditions is our Lobo Angel Tree. In it’s 18th year, LEISD’s Family Facilitator, Yamile Quintero, leads our Lobo Angel Tree team. “We had nearly 250 children registered as Angels this year, the most we’ve ever had,” said Quintero. “Every year, our Lobo FamiLE and community all come together to make Christmas special for our students and their siblings. It’s inspiring to see everyone’s generosity!”

Help comes from groups all over our community. For the fifth year, The Crossing Church adopted 21 Angels. A church-wide effort, they put at least six tags on their "Giving Tree" for each Angel: a shirt, pants, shoes, and at least three toys, based on their wish list. Church members choose a tag(s) and buy a gift or gifts for a child. There were 132 tags, this year. "It's a way for us to be a blessing to our community and make a difference in the lives of the children and families right here in Little Elm," said Kim Mills, who coordinates The Crossing Church's Giving Tree. 

Another huge supporter are the neighbors from Wynnwood Haven Estates who have adopted 20-25 LEISD Angels every year for 17 years. This year they adopted 28 homeless angels. “These people are our angels,” said Quintero. “Because they have focused on providing the Christmases for our homeless Angels, over the years, more than 400 children have had magical Christmas mornings.”
This year more Angels requested bikes than ever before. Our friends at Walmart (423 and Eldorado) hosted a Lobo Angel Bike Tree to help collect bikes so every Angel who asked for a bike would have one. Thanks to everyone, all of our Angels will receive the bikes they asked for!

“Now that the shopping and most of the final organizing is complete,” continued Quintero, “One evening next week our volunteers will don Santa hats, comfortable clothes, running shoes, and waterproof mascara to take on the joyful task of distributing presents to the families. It is a very special night!”

A heartfelt thanks to all who participated!
Organizing the generosity of hundreds takes a passionate team of volunteers. Left to right: Bianca Gonzalez, Marisa Flores, Yamile Quintero, Christine Cook, and Brenda Adame.
Wynnwood Haven Estates Angels: Lana Lewallen, Jan Agin, Leslie Norman, Nikki Zigler
Crossing Church Angels: Mary Jo McKnight, Carla Stevens, Kim Mills, Jen Helmick, Niddi Singh 

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