• Giving Hope / Receiving Help Resource Guide

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  • 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!


    We encourage you to share this resource with your employees, coworkers, customers, family and friends. The amazing generosity displayed by our businesses and residents always enriches and brightens the lives of so many throughout our community! Thank you for joining with us in GIVING HOPE!

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    ANGEL TREES AROUND TOWN
    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 some Christmas cheer to a family in need, a home-bound senior, or a special child... 
    while supporting your local merchants at the same time.

    Benefiting children in CPS system
    FMI: Erin McEvoy: (254) 485-7690
    (Gifts due back December 11)

    Blue-Eyed Buffalo
    Brazos Valley Equine Hospital
    The Home Place at Ace
    Kannonball Insurance Solutions
    Kersh Real Estate & Home Design

    Benefiting children of families that applied through Grace Place and H.O.P.E.
    (Check with each location for gift deadline)
    Church of the Nazarene
    Cowboy Country Title
    Cross Timbers Church of Christ
    Double N Cowboy Church
    Faith Lutheran Church
    First Baptist Church Stephenville
    Interbank
    Valley Grove Baptist Church

    Benefiting children of families that applied through Grace Place and H.O.P.E.
    Coordinated by Lions Club: Sherrie Evans (254) 485-1143
    *Angels will be available on December 2
    (Gifts due back by December 11)
    Cornerstone Church
    First Financial Bank
    PAL-CON, Ltd.
    TechnipFMC
    Texstar Ford

    Benefiting Toys for Christ
    FMI: (254) 413-6804
    (Gifts due back December 16)

    F&M Bank
    City Barber
    Cooper's Country Store
    Elite Dental
    Moore Eye Center
    Texas Legacy Insurance


    Benefiting
    Meals on Wheels clients
    FMI: (254) 965-3510
    (Gifts due back December 14)

    Burke’s Outlet
    Pet Supplies Plus

    Give our NURSING HOME RESIDENTS some cheer this holiday season!
    Residents would enjoy socks, blankets, books, games or craft supplies!
    View a listing of area nursing home facilities HERE.


    COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MEALS

    Graham Street Church of Christ will be hosting their annual Community Christmas Dinner on December 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Family Center. This year, it will be a drive-through take out, rather than a sit-down meal. People can call (254) 965-4510, Monday – Thursday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to give their name, address, and phone number for delivery, or to volunteer to help with meal preparations, deliveries, donations, or serving.

    First Baptist Church of Stephenville will be serving lunch on Christmas Day from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. This meal is open to the community – all are invited. Meal will be TAKE OUT this year. Deliveries will be made to Meals on Wheels clients. Other community members that are not able to get out and would like to request delivery, please call (254) 965-3187.


    MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE:
     

    Annie’s Therapeutic Companions

    Lyndi Hanna: (817) 915-5531

    Our Pet Partner certified teams (trained animal and handler) provide free consistent visits to nursing/rehab facilities, senior care centers, first responders, Texas Health Stephenville Hospital, schools, and work alongside local agencies during crisis situations.  This Christmas our organization is working to keep our mission of bringing hope of life, encouragement, comfort, peace, and joy to our facilities in different ways.  One of the things we are doing is putting together activity care packages for our nursing homes.  Will you please join us in collecting items we need, showing our love and care to those especially hit hard since the pandemic?  These activity care packages will be going to a total of 12 facilities with each resident receiving a handwritten Christmas card.  Please drop off any donations at the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce by December 9. 

    We will also take monetary donations through our website. We ALL thank you for your help in spreading joy!

    Colored pencils (64 boxes total of any count of colored pencils)
    Coloring crayons (64 boxes needed of any count of crayons) 
    Coloring books (80 books total needed. Adult and kids) 
    Word search puzzles (80 books needed) 
    Decks of cards (48 needed) 
    Puzzles 300 count (36 puzzles)
    Puzzles 100 count (12 puzzles) 
    Bags of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups wrapped (20 lbs.) 
    Bags of any flavors of Hershey Kisses with no nuts (20 lbs.) 
    Bob's Soft Peppermint Candy Stripes (8 boxes total)

     

    Caring Hearts for Children

    Elizabeth Stephens: (325) 356-3471

    CHFC is accepting donations to support foster families and the children they care for this holiday season and throughout the year. Donations to our foundation are used to buy gift cards to help families provide entertainment experiences for foster children, such as admission to a zoo, skating rink or movie. Donations help fund athletic fees (ex: little league) or camps. Additionally, gifts cards are given to families to use to eat when on the road to medical appointments or to buy clothing and school supplies. Sponsors can adopt a foster family or individual child. Deadline is December 11, can be dropped at 2309 W. Washington, Stephenville.

     

    CASA for the Cross Timbers Area

    Mindy Wooley: (254) 965-6610

    Make a difference for an abused or neglected child during the holidays and throughout the year – donate a Walmart, HEB, Staples, or fast food gift card, a toy, a teenager appropriate gift, or your time.  Tax deductible donations are always welcomed.  Our volunteers are highly trained, highly vetted individuals who advocate for the best interests of foster children.

     

    Choices Life Resource Center

    Ginny Warden: (833) 773-3001

    Choices Life Resource Center is a Christian ministry dedicated to preserving the value of human life by providing abortion alternatives, practical assistance, and education to the Cross Timbers area. This year we will be giving our clients gift cards so they can buy what they need for their families for Christmas. Monetary donations to help us purchase these gift cards would be greatly appreciated. We always have a need for diapers and baby wipes as well.

     

    Compassion Counseling Center

    Elizabeth Foster: (254) 485-6885

    (inside Oakdale Methodist Church)

    Compassion Counseling Center, Inc. provides low or no cost counseling for families, teens, children and couples for a wide range of counseling types. We are in need of play therapy supplies or games, Connect Four, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Uno, etc. Also, in need of gift cards for office supplies Walmart or Staples as well as $5.00 gift cards for McDonald's or any fast food restaurant as incentives for children and teen clients.

     

    Cross Timbers Family Services

    Sylvia Zamora: (254) 965-5516

    Help us provide hope, help and healing to victims of violent crime by donating H.E.B. gift cards (to assist with emergency food & transportation) or individual size snacks and beverages (e.g. chips, cookies, trail mix, small bottled water, soft drinks or Fruit drinks) for children and clients.

     

    Erath County Child Welfare Board

    Rainbow Room - Child Protective Services, 2175 W. South Loop

    Erin McEvoy: (254) 485-7690

    CPS needs fleece jackets and hoodies 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.

     

    Erath County United Way

    Lisa Scroggins: (254) 965-4429

    Raising funds for numerous local non-profit agencies that give back during the holiday season & beyond 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!   

     

    Good Tree Assisted Living - Adopt a Senior

    Melinda Perez: (254) 965-9897

    Please come by Good Tree to pick an Angel off our tree!
    All gifts must be brought to the facility by December 15.

     

    Grace Place

    Sherry Carroll: (254) 965-4022
    365 W. Tarleton St., Monday 12-3; Tuesday-Thursday 9-12

    Assists area residents in desperate situations with groceries, clothing, utility bills, and rent throughout the year. Services funded solely by cash donations.

     

    H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Effectively)

    Jill Scott: (254) 965-2700

    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 & pharmacy for people within income guidelines, not on Medicaid & who do not have private insurance.

     

    Meals on Wheels

    Elizabeth Johnson: (254) 965-3510

    Serving the needs of the elderly in Erath County. The holidays bring about travel for route drivers so additional volunteers are needed to drive & deliver food. Monetary donations are always accepted.

    Christmas meal preparation and delivery service to Meals on Wheels clients will be provided by Faith Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve. Anyone wishing to help, please contact Cindy Stafford at (254) 592-6630, or simply show up at 9:00 am on December 24 at Faith Lutheran Church.

     

    Optimist Club TOYS for KIDS

    Harriet Frazier: (254) 485-2960

    Parents: Apply at H.O.P.E. by December 11th to sign your children (ages 12 & under) up for this program.

    Stephenville Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys at Walmart December 5 & 6 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Unwrapped toys can also be dropped off to either fire station.

    Volunteers Welcome: Packing and organizing donated toys on December 14, 15, 16 at 5:30 pm

    Tarleton Basketball Game: Bring a new unwrapped toy for free admission (Date TBA)

     

    Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center

    Emily Singleton: (817) 573-0292

    This holiday season we are accepting donations for stocking stuffers for every child who is served by the Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center. Some examples for stocking stuffers: mini lego set, hot wheels, bubbles, playdough, gift cards, pocket games, small toiletries, anything that will fit into a stocking. Ongoing needs include gift cards, personal care items (diapers, formula, wipes, etc.), individually wrapped snacks, and juice boxes. Deadline is December 14th.

     

    The Pantry & More

    (254) 968-0115, 2345 Hwy 67

    Providing food, clothing, toys, diapers, supplies, etc. for all people in need.  Donations are accepted. Canned food donations especially needed all year round. Open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

     

    Upbring Head Start

    Kristen Esslinger: (512) 335-0616 ext 2722

    This holiday season Upbring Head Start would love to provide Christmas for the children and families that we serve. Upbring Head Start is a non-profit organization that provides free education and comprehensive support for 50+ low-income households. For the upcoming holiday season, we are accepting donations of children’s coats, clothing, toys, diapers, wipes, and blankets for children from infancy to 5 years old. We will also accept gifts cards and monetary donations. Please help our organization during this challenging time to provide joy and cheer to the children and families that we serve. Donations will be accepted, Monday-Friday anytime between 7:30-4:30 at our center located at 1010 South Graham Ave., until December 15th.


    View more details on all area non-profit organizations HERE.

    View our holiday community events calendar HERE.

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