Residents at Breckenridge Village of Tyler are used to working diligently to meet goals and serve their local community, whether it's through volunteering at Meals On Wheels Ministry or spreading joy through song.

On Saturday, their passion was on full display during Breckenridge Village's 11th annual "Christmas in the Village: A Lighting of the Campus" event.

The event offered fun for the whole family and featured live entertainment, food, games and a chance for attendees to take care of some Christmas shopping.

It also, once again, gave the community a chance to meet some of the residents who call Breckenridge Village home.

Breckenridge Village is a residential community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.

From pouring candles, baking doggy treats and knitting caps that were sold at the event, to singing and performing songs with hand bells, residents played an active role in making the occasion a success.

Associate Executive Director of Advancement at Breckenridge Village, Linda Taylor, said the event was very festive and was a great way for them to both showcase the talents of their residents and bring joy to the community.

She added that many individuals, organizations and business worked to make the event possible, including Blessings Miniature Horse Farm, Clowns Under Construction, several youth groups from Green Acres Baptist Church, Chick-fil-A, Therapet and many more.

Mrs. Taylor said that along with providing joy to those who came to visit, she hoped that each attendee with a young child with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities would have left the event feeling more encouraged about their child's future.

"This event is held to show that in Tyler we have this wonderful place where the residents live and give back to the community," she said. "We hope that by the community coming here it will give them hope…"

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