Giving Hope / Receiving Help Resource Guide
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 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!
*Click on the underlined links for more details on each organization!
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 of families that applied through Grace Place and H.O.P.E.
Check with each location for gift deadline!
Citizens National Bank
Benefiting children of families that applied through Grace Place and H.O.P.E.
Coordinated by Lions Club: Sherrie Evans (254) 485-1143
Gifts due back December 12
Ebby Halliday Real Estate
First Financial Bank
The Purple Goat
Benefiting children in CPS system
FMI: Erin McEvoy (254) 485-7690
Gifts due back December 12
The Home Place at Ace
Kannonball Insurance Solutions
Benefiting Meals on Wheels clients
FMI: (254) 965-3510
Gifts due back December 15
Bealls in Stephenville
Grafton Market in Dublin
Give our NURSING HOME RESIDENTS some cheer this holiday season!
Residents would enjoy socks, blankets, books, games, or craft supplies – and visits!
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 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Family Center. The dinner will a sit-down meal in the Family Center. Anyone interested can call (254) 965-4510 for delivery (must give name, address, and phone number) 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 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM. More details on location, delivery and volunteer opportunities coming soon.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE:
Jill Evans: (325) 998-2802
Throughout the holiday season we are helping our local families going through hardship. Donations are gladly accepted to help us with our families fighting cancer and medical challenges.
Lyndi Hanna: (817) 915-5531
Would you like to help our “FUR-elves” continue to bring hope of life, mental well being, encouragement, comfort, peace, joy and goodies to our Erath County first responders, nursing homes and Texas Health Stephenville this Christmas? Christmas is one of our busiest times for our therapy animal teams and we’re needing help with gas cards for travel, bags of Christmas candy and tax deductible monetary donations. Contact Lyndi or drop off at Stephenville Chamber before Dec. 9. Monetary donations can also be made through our website or mailed. We ALL thank you for your help in spreading joy!
Linda Stewart: (254) 965-4510
Providing food and clothing to those in need.
Open Thursdays 9:30 AM – Noon (except Thanksgiving)
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, clothing store or fast-food gift card. Tax deductible donations are always welcomed. Our CASA Advocates are trained volunteers that dedicate their time to advocating for the best interest of a child while in foster care who has been removed from their home due to abuse and neglect.
Ginny Moring: (833) 773-3001
Choices Life Resource Center is a Christian ministry that provides free pregnancy medical services such as pregnancy testing and sonograms, prenatal and parenting education, and material assistance in the form of free diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby clothes, and many other baby items to those in need in our community. This year we are in need of baby wipes and diapers (sizes 4,5,& 6) and new or gently used maternity clothes. Thank you for blessing our clients and their families with your donations!
Laura Gambino: (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 and fuel for transportation) or individual size snacks and beverages (e.g. healthy bars, chips, cookies, trail mix, and small bottled waters) for children and clients.
The Erath County Law Enforcement Agencies are currently asking for donations to support the children of the community. During our 4th Annual Shop with a Cop on Thursday, December 21st, at risk youth will enjoy breakfast with a cop, then be escorted to Walmart with lights and sirens to pick out clothes, shoes, and a special toy. Sponsor a child for $250. Donations will be accepted at First Financial Bank (Shop with a Cop), Texas Department of Public Safety, Erath County Sheriff's Office, Stephenville Police Department, Dublin Police Department, and Tarleton State University Police Department.
Lisa Scroggins: (254) 965-4429
Raising funds for numerous local non-profit agencies that give back during the holiday season and 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!
Sherry Carroll: (254) 965-4022
Assists area residents in desperate situations with groceries, clothing, utility bills, and rent throughout the year. Services funded solely by cash donations. Collaborates with H.O.P.E on Angel Tree program.
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, and who do not have private insurance. Collaborates with Grace Place on Angel Tree program.
Elizabeth Johnson: (254) 965-3510
Serving the needs of the elderly in Erath County. Monetary donations are always accepted!
Want to be a Santa’s Helper this Holiday Season?
Volunteers needed to:
• Substitute for regular route drivers
• Deliver extra meals
• Deliver Angel Tree gifts
• Deliver supplements
• Deliver pet food
• Address Holiday cards to homebound seniors (this would be perfect for student’s community service project)
Faith Lutheran Church will be preparing and delivering meals for the Erath County Meals on Wheels clients on Christmas Eve. Anyone wishing to help can contact Cindy Stafford (254.592.6630) for opportunities or show up at 9:00 am Christmas Eve at Faith Lutheran Church.
First Christian Church: (254) 965-4878
First Christian Church is once again heading up this year’s county effort in one of the largest Christmas benefit projects worldwide.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The National Collection week is November 13-20, 2023.
The hours for drop-off at First Christian Church are:
• November 19 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
• November 20 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
The boxes will be boxed and delivered to the relay center in Weatherford and then shipped to the children.
For more information, contact our church office between 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday).
Instructions and labels can be printed from the official website.
Harriet Frazier: (254) 485-2960
Parents: Apply at H.O.P.E. by December 1st to sign your children (ages 12 & under) up for this program!
Donate Toys: The Stephenville Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys at Walmart on November 25th & 26th and December 2nd & 3rd, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Unwrapped toys can also be dropped off at either fire station until December 6th.
Volunteers: We will be packing and organizing the donated toys the week of December 4th-8th! We will distribute the toys on December 12th and December 14th. Call Harriet to get on the schedule to volunteer.
Shelby Gibson: (254) 918-7452
This holiday season we are accepting donations for board games, card games, gift cards for family experiences, snacks, blankets, crafts, cookie kits, hot chocolate, popcorn or books for every child who is served by our Center. Deadline is December 8th. Donations can be sent via Amazon Wishlist HERE or dropped off at our Stephenville Office located at 1359 W. South Loop Suite A Stephenville, TX 76401.
Stephenville Association of Realtors Shoe Drive
Help local realtors gather funds to buy warm shoes for children in the community. Annual Shoes for Christmas event will be held at the Shoe Dept. on December 9th this year.
We have 126 Erath County underprivileged children who will be participating and SAOR would love to give the community a chance to contribute to this event alongside our members and affiliates. Monetary Donations will be accepted thru December 8th.
If you would like to be a Sponsor please click here!
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, blankets, and toys for children from infancy to 5 years old. We will also accept gifts cards and monetary donations to be used for gifts. 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 14th.
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