TYLER –More than 1,200 recently were transported into a Christmas wonderland at Breckenridge Village of Tyler, which turned its chapel into a colorful shopping bazaar, featuring items handcrafted by residents and friends of the Village. Entertainment included live music from the Upper Neches band, dance performances from Candy Crocker Dance Studio, a petting zoo, and an opportunity for children to have their pictures taken with Santa.
“Christmas in the Village is a great opportunity for our residents to showcase their talents through art and music, all the while giving back to the community and giving our neighbors a better understanding of the special individuals we serve at BVT,” said Linda Taylor, BVT director of development. “Our residents are so proud to invite friends and family into their home.”
Throughout the event, BVT residents took part in selling t-shirts, hand-made winter hats, framed drawings decorated with their artwork, homemade goodies, candles, Christmas décor and more. Many residents also showcased their talents on stage, singing Christmas carols along to the melodies of their guitars.
The 4th annual Christmas in the Village raised more than $25,000 which will go toward the scholarship fund established to help residents continue calling BVT their home.
Residents repeatedly expressed how much they loved life at BVT and how much they enjoyed helping out at the event.
“My wife and I searched all over the country for a place for our daughter. We know first hand that there is no place better than BVT,” said Dan Tracey, whose daughter Deborah has called BVT home for the past 11 years.
The event closed with a live manager scene and a memorable rendition of O Holy Night, as the campus chapel was illuminated in a bright, holiday glow.
For more information on Breckenridge Village of Tyler, please visit www.bcfs.net.