As we gear up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, residents should be mindful of those who could use a little hope and cheer this holiday season.??The staff at the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce has gathered information from area non-profit organizations about various needs and opportunities to meet those needs.

Here are some ways you can help:

Beckyís Wish

Empire-Tribune: 965-3124, 590 E. South Loop

Help fulfill Beckyís Wish by donating new or gently used mittens and gloves for those that need them. Boxes can be found at the E-T office, TexasBank, InterBank, Giffordís TV and Electronics and First Baptist Church Stephenville through Dec. 15.

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.

Choices Life Resource Center

Ashley Graves: 965-6031, 1902 W. Sloan St.

Christmas toys are needed by Dec. 10 for newborn - age 2 so clients can have toys to give to their children this holiday season. Diapers and wipes are always needed.

Come Eat Mobile Soup Kitchen

LZ Harris: 817-913-1235

Volunteers are needed to organize and distribute clothing for the Clothes Closet. Share holiday cheer by playing your musical instrument for Casa Brendanís holiday party on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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 and 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 yearís goal!†† †

Grace Place

965-4022, 365 W. Tarleton St.

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

†H.O.P.E.

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.

Meals on Wheels

Whitney Lee: 965-3510, erathmow@embarqmail.com

1306 E. Washington, Ste. M

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 23. 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.

Optimist Club TOYS for KIDS

Lori Hurford: 965-3151, lori.hurford@agtexas.com

Apply at H.O.P.E. by Dec. 6.† Toys will be distributed Dec. 15 (2:00-4:00 pm) and Dec. 16 (5:30-7:00 pm).† Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Stephenville fire stations now through Dec. 13.† Firefighters will collect unwrapped toys outside Walmart on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 7-8.†There are also two great events on Dec. 7: Bring a new unwrapped toy to the Tarleton Basketball Game for free admission or participate in the Toys for Kids 4 Person Scramble at Legends Country Club. Entry is one $25 unwrapped toy per person and will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a Shotgun Start.

The Pantry & More

?Tom Shelton: 254-592-9696, 1599 E. Washington

Providing food for people in need in Erath County. Also need funds for Bibles to be taken to Mexico and gently used toys for newborns - age 12. Monetary donations are appreciated.

Rainbow Room

Teresa Young: 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 the 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.)

Shine A Light on a Soldierís Child

National Guard FRG, Ashli Bradshaw: 817-944-3988

Please help us prepare the Armory for our Annual Christmas party. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) will host our celebration on Dec. 7 for approximately 150 troops and their families. We are in need of a Christmas tree and decorations, table centerpieces, raffle prizes and crafts for the children. Please call Ashli to let us know how you can help. Bless the children with gifts to say thank you to the families that serve our country. The majority of the children are 4-18 years old.

Angel Tree locations:

SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

COLDWELL BANKER

STAPLES

COWBOY CAPITAL INSURANCE GROUP,

FIRST FINANCIAL BANK

HAYDEN REAL ESTATE

TEXSTAR FORD

THE PATTERSON AGENCY

TEXASBANK

FIBERGRATE

INTERBANK