If you found yourself at the Sherman Public Library Thursday morning and noticed three befuddled siblings who looked especially confused to be there, worry not. It was all part of Dyrral Boone’s surprise Christmas.

If you found yourself at the Sherman Public Library Thursday morning and noticed three befuddled siblings who looked especially confused to be there, worry not. It was all part of Dyrral Boone’s surprise Christmas.


"I actually had it planned for where they’d be in school, but then last night they cancelled it!" said Boone from his living room on Thursday, explaining his children’s whereabouts to a group of well-wishers. "So I told them this morning, ‘Get up. We’re gonna go for a ride," and they said, "Where we going, dad?" and I said, "Y’all are going to the library."


Once the kids were out of the picture, a stream of luminaries quickly filled Boone’s living room, including Sherman Mayor Cary Wacker and representatives from the Texoma Council of Governments. One after the other, they showed up at the door carrying boxes of presents and decorations. Dyrral Boone, a single father of three, who makes ends meet as a sandwich delivery man, had hit the Christmas jackpot.


Boone was selected from a group of needy families who participate in TCOG’s Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program to have the holidays underwritten by the regional organization and a corporate partner. Program Director Brenda Smith explained that the Energy Assistance Program uses federal funds to help more than 1,600 families in North Texas living near the poverty line with energy bills.


"Initially, we can help catch-up a utility bill, but the main thing that we do is education. We provide information on how to save energy and make referrals to other programs that these folks can utilize, since they’re usually struggling with big budgets and not so big income," said Smith.


Smith said choosing the Boone family for this Christmas gift was an easy choice.


"It had to be someone who was new to the program; someone that we were aware enough of their needs that it would be OK for us to offer them this. There were several families we would have liked to do it for, but Dyrral was just a prime candidate. Anybody raising three (children) alone, oh my goodness!"


With tears in his eyes, Boone recalled the moment he was told he’d been chosen for the gift.


"She said, ‘Dyrral, I have something to offer you, if you’re up to it,’ and I said, ‘Well what’s that Ms. Brenda?’ And she said, ‘We want to help you with Christmas.’ I just lost it," said Boone. "It means a lot; it’s a blessing. I didn’t think I was going to be able to do this; to pull off Christmas this year. I really didn’t."