Each year, members of the Texas House of Representatives are invited to select a constituent to create an ornament as a visual representation of what makes each Texas House District special. The ornaments are hung on a 23’ Texas-grown Christmas Tree that stands in the House Chamber of the Texas Capitol during the holiday season.
This year, Rockwall-Heath High School sophomore Ruby Knox was asked by Rep. Justin Holland to paint the ornament and represent District 33.
Ruby created the ornament with special assistance by her Best Buddies one-to-one friendship partner, Brianna Lawless. Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering the abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
According to Ruby, the District 33 ornament represents her love of volunteering at the seasonal events centered around the gazebo in Towne Center Park in her hometown of Heath, TX. The other side features the state of Texas encircled by a Christmas wreath. For Christians, the wreath represents an unending circle of life.
Rep. Holland, along with his wife Neely, will hang it on the tree in Austin on Friday, Dec. 6.
By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News. Submitted photos.
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