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Residents of Gilbert’s Trilogy donate gifts to help students

Group shot of Trilogy residents and Higley staff
Creating opportunities to help students, and craft talents, are at the heart of Trilogy’s Creative Designers, a club within the Gilbert active living community.

For the past 15 years, the group has put on a seasonal craft boutique, complete with “angel trees” that residents can “adopt” for the holidays. The recipients of those gifts have been students of the Higley and Gilbert school districts for the past five years.

“Our community is very generous,” said Ian Walsh of Trilogy. “We put the tags on and people just say, ‘It’s time to get my tag!’ The community looks forward to it and is very supportive.”

Those gifts were delivered to staff of the school districts during a reception on Thursday, Dec. 8. Hundreds of gifts will be distributed to students in need from the towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek.

Dr. Warren Shillingburg, assistant superintendent of the Higley Unified School District, joined in the event.

“This is so impressive. I am blown away by your generosity.  They say it takes a village, and Trilogy is an important part of our village.  Your support of our students is going to make a big difference in their holidays, and the Higley District is very grateful for all you have done,” Shillingburg told the Trilogy residents.

Each year, school staff work to identify families that may need a little assistance during the holiday and offer this opportunity.

Barbara Jester, one of the leaders of Creative Designers, said it’s one of her favorite events of the year.

“I don’t have grandchildren of my own and this just warms my heart to be a part of it,” she said.