Texas Team Makes Sweet Appearance in Parade

Gingerbread House from right Gingerbread House from the left


Behold The Gingerbread 2000

Thundering skies, torrential rain and the ever-present road detours were not enough to stop the Community Life Center team in Texas from participating in the 50th Annual Tomball Holiday Parade on November 21st.

The Bethesda CLC team entered a life-size gingerbread house, lovingly named “The Gingerbread 2000,” into the historic parade. Along the sides of the float were hand created gingerbread people and candies, all created in the arts and crafts classes at the CLC by the people we support. The float was also equipped with icing and candies on the roof. The staff that assisted in the creation of this float were amazed at how well the project turned out.

Clarissa Wall, a Direct Support Professional, beamed over the team’s accomplishment. “It was a blast, a wonderful experience for me and the people we support. The teamwork exhibited was incredible. Everyone pitched in, and shared ideas. The people we support offered ideas on which was the best design choice. Overall it was a wonderful experience, and I was happy to be a part of it.”

The CLC team filled the streets with shouts of cheer, dances and of course the traditional Christmas carols. The team and its float was well received and was definitely one of the more lively groups in this years crop of entries, according to one parade worker.

“A massive storm passed hours before the parade that really amped up the energy at the event,” said Wall.  Despite the storm, Team Bethesda had a great time and everything worked out fine. As the rain began to ease up, the CLC gingerbread house rolled on carrying a blissful band of elves singing and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.


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