Looking for a way to give this holiday season? The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce has more more than a few suggestions.

Annie’s Therapeutic Companions

Lyndi Hanna: (817) 915-5531

Animal assisted therapy teams bring hope of life, encouragement, comfort, peace and joy to individuals in various situations. These PetPartner certified teams (trained animal and handler) provide free visits to the hospital, nursing/rehab facilities, senior care centers, and schools. Give a tax-deductible monetary donation to help provide grooming supplies, veterinary care, transportation costs and other items that allow the therapy teams to continue providing these quality of life benefits to our community. Visit the Contact Us page on Annie’s website for details on how to support this mission.

www.AnniesTherapeuticCompanions.org

CASA for the Cross Timbers Area

Judy Walker: 965-6610, 1385 N. Graham

Make a difference for an abused or neglected child during the holidays and throughout the year – donate a Walmart, HEB, or Staples gift card, a toy, a teenager appropriate gift, or your time. Tax deductible donations are always welcomed.

www.casacta.org

Choices Life Resource Center

Ashley Graves: 965-5139, 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.

www.ChoicesInLife.org

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. Cook the meal with your family and deliver to your “adopted family” on Nov. 23 or 24.

www.comeeat.com

Compassion Counseling Center

Elizabeth Foster: 485-6885, 2675 Overhill Drive (inside Oakdale Methodist Church)

Providing affordable adult, teen, couples, and family counseling. In need of play therapy materials for children including: Ken dolls, Barbie and Ken clothing, human puppets, finger paints, chalk, paint supplies & easel paper, stickers, age appropriate games and dress-up clothing. Staples, Walmart & Michael’s gift cards needed to replenish art therapy supplies and office supplies.

www.compassioncounselingcenter.com

Operation Christmas Child

First Christian Church: 965-4878, 450 W. Tarleton St.

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 14-21. 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 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:

Nov. 14, Monday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Nov. 15, Tuesday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Nov. 16, Wednesday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Nov. 17, Thursday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Nov. 18, Friday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Nov. 19, Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Nov. 20, Sunday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Nov. 21, Monday: 9 AM – 11 AM*

www.samaritanspurse.org

Optimist Club TOYS for KIDS

Harriet Frazier: 485-2960

Tarleton Basketball Game: Thur., Dec. 1, 5:30 & 7:30 PM

Bring a new unwrapped toy for free admission.

Parents: Apply at H.O.P.E. by 12:00 PM, December 9 to sign your children up for this program. Toys will be distributed Dec. 17 (2 - 4 PM) and Dec. 19 (5:30—7:00 PM) at Foster’s Home Gym.

Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center

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 Barefoot Athletics, Boucher, Morgan & Young, First Financial Bank or Stephenville Police Department by Dec. 12.

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.

Stephenville Education Foundation

Mindy Wooley: 254-552-6550

2655 W. Overhill Drive or PO Box 314

Honor a family member, classroom teacher, student, or staff member this holiday season with a donation to the Stephenville Education Foundation in their name.

The Stephenville Education Foundation supports innovative classroom programs with the goal of enhancing and enabling future educational opportunities, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding.

www.edufoundsville.org

The Pantry & More

Tom Shelton: 592-9696, 2345 Hwy. 67

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.