Spread some cheer and hope during the holidays by donating to or volunteering at area non-profit organizations.
The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of non-profit organizations for this “season of giving.”
“Our Chamber staff has gathered information from area non-profit organizations about various needs and the opportunities to meet these needs,” states a release from the Chamber. “We encourage you to share it with your employees, coworkers, customers, family and friends. The amazing generosity displayed by our business always enriches and brightens the lives of so many throughout our community.”
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.
Please consider giving a tax-deductible monetary donation to help provide grooming supplies, Pet Partner’s licensing fees, classes and registration and other items that allow the therapy teams to continue providing these quality of life benefits to our community. Visit Annie’s website for details on how to support this mission at 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. Our volunteers are highly trained, highly vetted individuals who advocate for the best interests of foster children. For more information visit www.casacta.org.
Choices Life Resource Center
Ashley Graves: 965-5139, 775 S. Harbin
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. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information visit www.ChoicesInLife.org.
Compassion Counseling Center
Elizabeth Foster: 485-6885, 2675 Overhill Drive
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. For more information visit www.compassioncounselingcenter.com.
Cross Timbers Family Services
Jodee Lucero: 965-5516, 241 E. McNeill 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 & transportation) and small Christmas stockings. For more information visit ctfshelp.org.
Dwelling Place Ministries - Christian Women’s Job Corps
Amanda Jenkins: 254-445-2228, 106 N. Patrick St., Dublin
Dwelling Place Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) provides life & job skills classes, Bible studies, & mentoring to ladies 18 & over who need a hand up.To help meet basic needs and make Christmas wishes a reality, the ministry has an angel tree with 55 gift tags.
Donations - gift cards or monetary donations - to help provide Christmas dinners are also being accepted. For more information or to adopt an angel over the phone call 254-445-2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.cwjcdublin.org for more information.
Erath County United Way
Lisa Scroggins: 965-4429, PO Box 1352
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! For more information visit www.erathcountyuw.org.
Sherry Carroll: 965-4022, 365 W. Tarleton St.
Assists area residents in desperate situations with groceries, clothing, utility bills, and rent throughout the year. Funded solely by cash donations. Currently accepting Angel Tree applications. Must apply by November 16.
H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Effectively)
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 & pharmacy for people within income guidelines, not on Medicaid & who do not have private insurance. Currently accepting Angel Tree applications. Must apply by November 16.
Meals on Wheels
Whitney Lee: 965-3510, 310 W. Lingleville Rd.
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.
Operation Christmas Child
First Christian Church: 965-4878, 450 W. Tarleton
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 13-20. For more information on donating procedures call the church and instructions and labels can be printed from the website at www.samaritanspurse.org.
All boxes must be delivered by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 20.
Optimist Club TOYS for KIDS
Harriet Frazier: 485-2960
Tarleton Basketball Game: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 7
Bring a new unwrapped toy for free admission.
Parents: Apply at H.O.P.E. by 12 p.m., Dec. 8 to sign your children (ages 12 & under) up for this program.
Stephenville Fire Department will be collecting toys at Walmart on Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3.
Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center
Emily Singleton: 817-573-0292
Provide unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages two-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. 11.
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.
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. The needs for these children are met through the Erath County Child Welfare Board (separate entity from H.O.P.E.).
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 (SEF) in their name. For more information visit www.stephenvilleisdef.com.