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Diversity, creativity highlight Dayton annual Christmas tree decorating

January 7, 2019

From school buses to construction to patriotic, there was a Christmas tree of virtually every kind to delight viewers who visited the Dayton Community Center during the holidays.

Whimsical decorations transported children, both young and old, across the portals of time to the North Pole and sparked holiday cheer.

Each year, businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to put up a tree in the grand foyer of the Dayton Community Center. The awards were given out at the awards luncheon by Liberty County Bikes For Christmas who thanked sponsors and their many supporters for their help in serving needy children.

Winning the Most Extravagant and People’s Choice Awards was First Liberty National Bank.

Crayton Construction’s ladder-style Christmas Tree won the Most Unique Christmas Tree, beating out Tammy Alexander’s relaxing palm tree entry (with the whistling noise!).

Dayton ISD Transportation won the Best Theme with a tree called “Bus Stop” that was loaded with stop signs— green for go and red for stop ornaments — and bus-themed ribbon. The tree was also topped with a yellow school bus.

“This year we found 50 families that needed our help the most,” said Cassie Milam.

“We thoughtfully selected gifts for each child in the family, based on their interests, as if they were our own child or grandchild. Some families were small, some had six and seven children,” she said.

The charity gave out over 1,000 toys, gifts and bikes, a winter coat for each child and each family received everything needed to prepare a delicious traditional Christmas meal.

Without any fundraising events this year, Liberty County Bikes For Christmas was able to raise just over $28,000.

“We are so grateful for each and every donation we received, from $10 to our largest donation. We would like to give special thanks and recognition for their financial contribution, as well as the community partners that were vital to the event’s success,” Milam said.

Here’s a list of the sponsors for December 2018:

Diamond Sponsor: ($5,000 +)

•PLC Construction, Inc., Eddie and Charlotte Presnull

Platinum Sponsors: ($1,000 +)

•Huntsman

•Liberty Walmart

•Walmart Foundation

•Charles Jennette

•Milam Tire and Auto

•Liberty County EMS

•TGCI, Houston

•Anthony and Stephanie Milam

Community Partners:

•Warden Stacey LeBlanc and staff of TDCJ L.V. Hightower Unit

•City of Dayton - Dayton Community Center

•Liberty Walmart

•Liberty Brookshire Brothers

•MCJROTC Bronco Battalion

•Casa Don Boni and Mikes BBQ

•Santa - Brad Harrington

Partners in Blue at the event:

•Liberty Co. Sheriff Dept, Sheriff Bobby Rader

•Liberty FD and 321 FD

•Liberty PD and Dayton PD

•Liberty Co. Pct 4 Constables

dtaylor@hcnonline.com

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