It cannot get any better than this last weekend in Liberty County. If you heard someone say there’s nothing to do here, they were not paying attention. From Liberty to Dayton, Hardin and Hull, the county was lite up with holiday cheer. In Hardin a Back the Blue parade and dinner drew hundreds to that mid-county community, over in Dayton, their annual nutcracker market and parade filled both the streets and the community center.
Hull had a parade Saturday evening full of festive lights and holiday spirit. Finally, in Liberty, the Jingle Bell Express. For the past 14 years the Liberty Elks lodge has hosted the jingle bell ball celebrating special needs members of the community. COVID knocked that idea our for this year. However, there was no way organizers were going to allow the Grinch to steal these citizens holiday joy and the jingle bell express was born. Set up at the TVE, participants drove through the brightly decorated parking lot, stopping a dozen of venders who provided treats to the special needs’ passengers.
Each car had their name in the window, and their faces would light a room when volunteers would call them by name while handing them their treat. Organizer Margie Poole said without the restricts of a building size as they’ve had in the past, this year’s event allowed 170 people to sign up. Margie Poole told KSHN that some people drove for hours each way, so their special needs family member could participate. It was amazing.