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MEADOWLAKES — When the local schools approached Jeff Wilson with the idea of supporting 29 families through the annual Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy golf tournament, he caught his breath for a moment.

After all, Wilson and other tournament organizers had set a goal of raising enough money to directly help 25 families this year.

“We were a little anxious for a moment, but then we just stepped out on faith,” said the Hidden Falls Golf Club pro. “And you know what? God and this community responded.”

The Dec. 6 tournament not only hit its initial goal but surpassed it thanks to the 100 golfers, numerous businesses and local churches. When the golfing was done, Wilson said the tournament netted $22,700. That’s $3,000 more than it raised last year and $10,000 more than the first year of the tournament.

Though this year’s tournament is behind them, Wilson and other organizers are getting together this month to begin laying the foundation for next year’s event. And with the numbers the tournament experienced this year, there is a chance it might expand to another golf course.

“Three years ago, our long-range vision was to hold this on multiple golf courses,” Wilson said. “We’re a little ahead of where we’d thought we’d be at this point. If we can add another course next year, we’re looking at maybe raising $40,000 or better. With that amount, we could help out 50 to 60 families.”

The Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy organizers work directly with local schools to identify families who need assistance during the holiday months. The funds, including a substantial H-E-B gift card, go to purchasing food and other necessities as well as Christmas gifts. The money for the youth is split 50-50 with 50 percent for toys and similar items, while the remaining goes toward clothes, toiletries and school supplies.

“The community and businesses really are amazing,” Wilson said. “They just came out and supported this. It was fantastic.”

Though the next Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy tournament is 12 months away, people can already get involved. Call Wilson at (830) 693-3300 for more information.