As we gear up for 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 the opportunities to meet these needs through donating your finances and/or volunteering your time.
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. Our PetPartner certified teams provide free visits to the hospital, nursing/rehab facilities, senior care centers and schools. Most of the people we visit either have no family to share the season with or their family is located far away. Please consider giving a tax-deductible monetary donation to help provide grooming supplies, licensing fees, classes and registration.
CASA for the Cross Timbers Area
Judy Walker: 965-6610
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.
Choices Life Resource Center
Heather Dawes: 965-5139
Christmas toys are needed for newborn-age 2 so clients have toys to give to their children this holiday season. Diapers and wipes are always appreciated. Volunteer opportunities are available.
Compassion Counseling Center
Elizabeth Foster: 485-688
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, Connect Four, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and Uno. Also in need of gift cards for office supplies and $5 gift cards for fast food restaurants.
Cross Timbers Family Services
Sylvia Zamora: 965-5516
Help provide hope, help and healing to victims of violent crime by donating H.E.B. gift cards (to assist with emergency food & 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 United Way
Lisa Scroggins: 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: 965-4022
Assists area residents in desperate situations with groceries, clothing, utility bills, and rent throughout the year.
Funded solely by cash donations.
Jill Scott: 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.
Meals on Wheels
Elizabeth Johnson: 965-3510
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.
Christmas meal service will be provided by Faith Lutheran Church on Monday, Dec. 24. Call the church at 968-2710 to get involved.
Optimist Club TOYS for KIDS
Harriet Frazier: 485-2960
Tarleton Basketball Game:Saturday, Dec. 1, women’s at 2 p.m. and men’s at 4. Bring a new unwrapped toy for free admission.
Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center
Emily Singleton: (817) 573-0292
Accepting donations for new board games for families and unique raffle items for their annual Christmas celebration. Adopt a Family Program: Sponsors needed to adopt a family and collect wish list items to provide Christmas for that family. Ongoing needs include gift cards, personal care items (diapers, formula, wipes, etc.), individually wrapped snacks, and juice boxes.
The Pantry & More
Arturo Briseno: 592-9696
Providing food, clothing, toys, diapers, supplies, etc. for all people in need. Donations are accepted.
Rainbow Room - Child Protective Services
Kristina Everton: 965-2605
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
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.
The SEF supports innovative classroom programs with the goal of enhancing and enabling future educational opportunities, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding.
Christmas Day lunch
First Baptist Church Stephenville
The church will serve lunch for the community from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Christmas Day. No reservations are required. 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 965-3187.
AREA ANGEL TREES
Senior Citizens Center: 918-1288
Citizens National Bank: 431-1150
Cowboy Country Title: 968-6222
Faith Lutheran Church: 968-2710
First Baptist Church: 965-3187
Masonic Lodge: 965-4175
Swindle’s Jewelry: 968-6110
Valley Grove Baptist Church: 965-5195
Lions Club: Sherry Evans 485-1143
Will Do Good Thrift Market: 445-2228