• 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 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.

    HOW TO APPLY:
    Parents can download Angel Tree application HERE.
    Hope and Grace Place are working together for this registration.
    Apply at First Baptist Church Stephenville, on Barton Street under the skybridge:
    · November 2-16 (Mondays through Thursdays only), 10 am - 2 pm
    · Tuesdays, November 9 and 16 only, 5 pm - 7 pm
    If you receive an application through school counselors, you must turn it in at the registration location—not to the school counselor.
    REQUIRED: You MUST bring a photo ID for parent/guardian, proof of residence (example: utility bill), plus a report card for every school-age child or birth certificate for each child younger than school age. (For children IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD through 6th grade only)

    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
    Citizens National Bank
    Cross Timbers Church of Christ
    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 Cornerstone Church & Lions Club: Sherrie Evans (254) 485-1143
    More details on locations and deadlines coming soon!
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    Benefiting children in CPS system
    FMI: Erin McEvoy (254) 485-7690
    Gifts due back December 10
    Blue-Eyed Buffalo
    Brazos Valley Equine Hospital
    The Home Place at Ace
    Kannonball Insurance Solutions

    Benefiting Meals on Wheels clients
    FMI: (254) 965-3510
    Gifts due back December 13
    Burke’s Outlet
    Dublin Public Library

    Benefiting children with incarcerated parents
    FMI: (254) 485-4441
    Elk Ridge Baptist Church

    Benefiting Good Tree Retirement residents
    FMI: Melinda Perez (254) 965-9897
    Gifts due back December 21st

    Benefiting Laurel Glen Assisted Living residents
    FMI: Anne Pingleton (254-968-5229)
    Gifts due back December 21st


    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 THANKSGIVING MEALS

    Elk Ridge Baptist Church will be providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need on Sunday, November 21st. Anyone interested can call the church office at (254) 485-4441 to request a meal and/or delivery. Meals can be picked up at the church, located at 1515 Alexander Road, or delivered upon request. All requests must be submitted by November 17th.


    COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MEALS

    Graham Street Church of Christ will be hosting their annual Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 15th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Family Center. The dinner will be drive-through take out rather than a sit-down meal. 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 at the Fellowship Hall. This meal is open to the community – all are invited. Meal will be dine in and 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. Funds are needed to help cover travel expenses and goodie bags that we take with us during visits. Monetary donations can be made through our website. We ALL thank you for your help in spreading joy!

     

    Caring Hearts for Children

    Elizabeth Stephens: (254) 977-4174

    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. Caring hearts is also accepting Santa sponsors, which is an opportunity for a community member or business to sponsor a foster child's Christmas wish list. Deadline is December 10. Contact Elizabeth for additional information and specific wish lists.

     

    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, blankets, bags, 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 Moring: (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 (inside Oakdale Methodist Church)

    Elizabeth Foster: (254) 485-6885

    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 such as Connect Four, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Uno, etc. We are 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

    Laura Gambino: (254) 965-5516

    Help us provide hope, help, and healing to victims of violent crime by donating H.E.B. or Walmart gift cards (to assist with emergency food and 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

    Erin McEvoy: (254) 485-7690

    CPS needs fleece jackets and hoodies for ages 2 and up, 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 Law Enforcement Agencies: Shop with a Cop

    The Erath County Law Enforcement Agencies are currently asking for donations to support the children of the community. During our 2nd Annual Shop with a Cop on Tuesday, 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 $200. 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.

     

    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!   

     

    Grace Place

    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.

     

    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, and who do not have private insurance. Collaborates with Grace Place on Angel Tree program.
     

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    Meals on Wheels of Erath County

    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.

     

    Operation Christmas Child

    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 15-22, 2021.

    The hours for drop-off at First Christian Church are:

    • November 15, 16, 19, 20, 21 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    • November 17, 18 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    • November 22 from 8:00 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.


    Optimist Club Toys for Kids


    Harriet Frazier: (254) 485-2960

    Parents: Apply at H.O.P.E. by December 10th to sign your children (ages 12 & under) up for this program!
    The Stephenville Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys at Walmart on November 27th & 28th and December 4th & 5th. Unwrapped toys can also be dropped off to either fire station. We will be packing and organizing the donated toys on December 13th, 14th, & 15th - volunteers are welcome! We will distribute the toys on December 16th from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and December 20th from 5 to 6 p.m.

     

    Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center

    Emily Singleton: (817) 573-0292

    This holiday season we are accepting donations for board games, crafts, puzzles, etc., for every child who is served by the Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center. Deadline is December 13th. We are also putting together Family Fun Boxes for all the families we serve. For the boxes, we are accepting donations for board games, blankets, small toys, and other family oriented items. Deadline for the Family Fun Boxes is December 9th. Ongoing needs include gift cards, hygiene items, individually wrapped snacks, and juice boxes. Donations can be dropped off at our new Stephenville Office located at 1359 W. South Loop Suite A Stephenville, TX 76401.

     

    Restoration Advocates, Inc. 

    Jeannette Maxwell: (254) 595-6413

    Restoration Advocates exists to provide the care and support necessary for women and their dependent children who are victims of domestic violence and other dangers that place them at risk of life or physical harm and/or deprive them of their overall safety and sense of well-being. In September 2020, we established a safe haven called Restoration Place, where survivors of family violence can live in safety as they restore their lives to health and happiness. Restoration Place provides emergency housing for women and children in crisis and we also offer transitional housing for a period for the family to become fully independent and self-supporting. We would welcome any assistance in providing a full Thanksgiving meal at the shelter, for about 8 people, and possibly help with a meal and gifts for Christmas.

     

    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, 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.


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

    View our holiday community events calendar HERE.

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