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*WAYS TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON*
As we gear up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we encourage our Chamber members to be mindful of those in our community who could use a little hope and cheer this holiday season!
Our Chamber staff has gathered information from area non-profit organizations about various needs and the opportunities to meet these needs through donating your finances and/or volunteering your time - to shine a little light on others around us!
Please find attached our Giving Hope / Receiving Help Resource Guide. We encourage you to share it with your employees, coworkers, customers, family and friends. The amazing generosity displayed by our businesses always enriches and brightens the lives of so many throughout our community!
Thank you for joining with us in GIVING HOPE!
CASA for the Cross Timbers Area Judy Walker: 965-6610, 6556 South Hwy. 377
Be a voice for one of over 170 foster children served annually by Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers. You can help by becoming a volunteer advocate, giving a voice to a child by donating to our training program, or serving as a board member. Help us serve 100% of our foster children now in the court system. www.casacta.org
Choices Life Resource Center Ashley Graves: 965-6031, 1902 W. Sloan St.
Christmas toys are needed for Newborn - age 2 so clients have toys to give to their children this holiday season. Diapers & wipes are always appreciated. Volunteer opportunities are available.
Come Eat Mobile Soup Kitchen
LZ Harris: (817) 913-1235
Adopt A Family for Thanksgiving: While you're planning your Thanksgiving Feast, start a new tradition of feeding a family less fortunate. Approximately 70 families have been determined for this need and Come Eat will provide a suggested shopping list. Cook the meal with your family and deliver to your "adopted family" on November 25 or 26. www.comeeat.com
Compassion Counseling Center, Inc.
Elizabeth Foster: 485-6885, 2675 Overhill Drive
Providing affordable adult, teen, couples, and family counseling.
In need of play therapy materials for children including: Ken dolls, Barbie and Ken clothing, a dollhouse & furnishings, human puppets, finger paints, chalk, paint supplies & easel paper, stickers, and dress-up clothing. Staples, Walmart & Michael's gift cards needed to replenish art therapy supplies and office supplies. www.compassioncounselingcenter.com
Cross Timbers Family Services
Jodee Lucero: 965-5516, 1794 N. Graham St.
Help us provide hope, help and healing to victims of violent crime by donating large drawing pads, washable poster paints, painting supplies, Crayola brand crayons, H.E.B. gift cards (to assist with emergency food & transportation) and small Christmas stockings.
Erath County United Way
Lisa Scroggins: 965-4429
Raising funds for numerous local non-profit agencies to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Erath County. Please make a
tax-deductible donation now to help us reach this year's goal!
965-4022, 365 W. Tarleton St.
Assists area residents in desperate situations with groceries, clothing, utility bills, and rent throughout the year.
Funded solely by cash donations.
Currently accepting Angel Tree applications.
H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Effectively)
Jill Scott: 965-2700, 1617 E. Washington
Accepts donations of food and clothing year round.
Services include: Supplemental food boxes, clothing, personal items, household goods, blankets, sheets, school supplies, special holiday baskets, limited transient lodging and related emergency services. Free medical clinic and pharmacy for people within income guidelines, not on Medicaid and who do not have private insurance.
Jingle Bell Classic Team Roping - Canned Food & Toy Drive
Jodi Clements: 592-2692
Join X-TREME Entertainment for team roping action and help spread the Christmas Spirit by bringing canned food goods and/or new unwrapped toys for any age to Lone Star Arena on Nov. 21 & 22 to benefit Come Eat Mobile Soup Kitchen and Foster's Home for Children.
Meals on Wheels
Whitney Lee: 965-3510, 310 W. Lingleville Rd.
Serving the needs of the elderly in Erath County. The holidays bring about travel for route drivers so additional volunteers are needed to drive and deliver food. Monetary donations are always accepted.
Start a new family tradition of helping for the holidays:
Thanksgiving meal service will be provided by Valley Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, November 22. Call the church office at 965-5195 to sign up.
Christmas meal service will be provided by Faith Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve. Call the church at 968-2710 or Cindy Stafford at 918-1212 to get involved.
Operation Christmas Child
First Christian Church: 965-4878, 450 W. Tarleton Street
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. This year the National Collection Week runs from November 16-23.
To donate please follow this procedure:
Decide if the shoe box should go to a boy or a girl.
Select a child's age from ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
Fill an empty shoe box or plastic container with a snap-on lid with small toys, candy, school supplies, hygiene items, or other non-perishables a child might enjoy. Please note that used items, war-related toys, perishable or breakable items should not be included.
Add a $7.00 check for shipping, payable to Samaritan's Purse
If a box is wrapped, please wrap the lid and box separately and secure them with a rubber band.
Local Drop Off Location is First Christian Church:
Weekdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sat & Sun 9 a.m. - Noon
All boxes must be delivered by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23
Optimist Club TOYS for KIDS
Lori Hurford: 965-3151
Toys "Fore" Kids Golf Tournament: November 14 at Legends Country Club. Entry is one $25 value unwrapped toy per person and will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a Shotgun Start.
Tarleton Basketball Game: Sat., Dec. 5, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Bring a new unwrapped toy for free admission.
Parents: Apply at H.O.P.E. by December 4 to sign your children up for this program. Toys will be distributed December 12 (2:00-4:00 p.m.) and December 14 (5:30-7:00 p.m.) at Foster's Home Gym. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Stephenville fire stations now thru Dec. 6. Firefighters will collect unwrapped toys outside Walmart on November 28-29 and December 5-6.
Rainbow Room - Child Protective Services
Kristina Everton: 965-2605, 2175 W. South Loop
CPS needs coats for ages 2 and up, shoes for all sizes, clothes for all sizes, diapers, cleaning supplies and canned / boxed food items. New clothing only please. Gift certificates are best so children can get exact sizes. The needs for these children are met through the Erath County Child Welfare Board (separate entity from H.O.P.E.)
Stephen's Local Rides 977-3635
Transportation will be provided as a gift on Christmas Eve for single moms or families in need. If you know of someone who needs to get to a local place for the holidays or do some last minute shopping, contact Stephen's Local Rides.
The Pantry & More
Tom Shelton: 592-9696, 1599 E. Washington
Providing food for all people in need. Also need funds for Bibles to be taken to Mexico and gently used toys for newborns - age 12. Monetary donations are appreciated.
Paluxy River Children's
Kerrie Stannell: (817) 573-0292
Provide unwrapped gifts for boys & girls ages 2-18 for their annual Christmas Party for Kids, benefiting the families served through their programs. Drop off toys at Boucher, Morgan & Young or First Financial Bank by Dec. 5.
Christmas party needs include turkeys, hams, mac & cheese, stuffing, canned goods, instant potatoes, & raffle items. Ongoing needs include gift cards, personal care items (diapers, formula, wipes, etc.), individually wrapped snacks, and juice boxes.
ANGEL TREES AROUND TOWN
ADOPT AN ANGEL TODAY!
Residents are encouraged to choose an angel from a tree and purchase gifts for your angel from local businesses. Your generosity can have a wonderful ripple effect when you give a family in need, a homebound senior, or a disabled citizen some Christmas cheer while supporting your local merchants.
SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER: 918-1288
Benefiting Meals on Wheels
HOME PLACE AT ACE: 965-3818
Benefiting children in CPS system
COLDWELL BANKER: 965-7775 STAPLES: 965-8500
(Sponsored by Kiwanis Club)
Benefiting children in CPS system
LIONS CLUB: Hudon White (214) 675-4708
Angel Tree locations include: DAVID KINCANNON STATE FARM, FIBERGRATE,
FIRST FINANCIAL BANK, HAYDEN REAL ESTATE,
THE PATTERSON AGENCY, TEXAS BANK, TEXSTAR FORD
Benefiting children of families that applied through H.O.P.E.
FIBERGRATE: Shelbie Simpson
Benefiting children of families that applied through H.O.P.E.
GRACE PLACE: 965-4022
Benefiting children of families that applied through Grace Place
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What's NEW at the monthly ChamberMIX!?
Congratulations to Kyle McGregor, VP of Advancement & External Relations for Tarleton State University Institutional Advancement for winning the drawing during the Sunrise Scrambler in July 2015! He has been awarded $400 for attending this great networking opportunity and he has donated it to the Stephenville Athletic Booster Club.
There is a monthly drawing at each ChamberMIX! from the entire Chamber Membership for $50 cash. If the member drawn isn't present, the money goes back into the pot, making it an even sweeter deal at the next ChamberMIX!
Right now, the pot sits at $300! Come to our next mixer for your chance at the cash!
Our December ChamberMIX! will be hosted by:
Thursday, December 3
850 E. Highway 8
Come join us for networking, finger foods, and a chance to win door prizes!