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Food For Families Drive Set For Friday

On Friday, November 22, the Food for Families food drive will be held at the Whitney food bank at 100 Sims Drive.
The annual drive is Our Daily Bread’s major fund raiser and greatly determines how many people in need will be assisted next year.
Our Daily Bread has served 5,796 household members in the Whitney community through October 31 of this year. It is able to do so only through your donations.
With your gifts, this Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance ministry can purchase many food items at reduced prices through the Tarrant Area Food Bank. However, some are not available.
The items most needed are canned green beans, corn, peas, spaghetti sauce, chicken, peaches, pears, chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, vegetable soup, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, instant mashed potatoes and spaghetti.
Each penny given goes directly to the ministry, which is managed by non-paid volunteers.
Donations may be made at lakewhitneyministerialalliance.org (use food bank tab), or you may mail your tax deductible donation to: Our Daily Bread c/o Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance, P.O. Box 1502, Whitney, TX 76692.

“Brown Bag of Hope” program begins at Brookshire Brothers
Brookshire Brothers is beginning its Brown Bag of Hope program for the holiday season.
When you buy a Brown Bag of Hope, you’re providing food, school supplies or toiletries to your neighbors in need. Brookshire Brothers gives the bags to non-profits, schools and veteran groups in communities to distribute.
The program ties directly to who Brookshire Brothers is as “‘a community grocer” and an employee-owned company.
Customers purchase the bags, and local store teams determine how to best distribute them.
Whether it is to food pantries, school counselors, the police or sheriff’s department, stores make sure they get them to the organizations that can best distribute them where they will do the most good.
The store has toiletry bags, school supply bags, meal bags and holiday bags containing non-perishable items.
As a company, Brookshire Brothers is known to match customers’ generosity by donating additional bags to address a specific or urgent need in a community.
Customers are encouraged to donate a Brown Bag of Hope and help a family in need this holiday season.

Operation Christmas Child’s Greatest Journey turns 10
Launched in 2009, The Greatest Journey, a follow-up discipleship program designed especially for Operation Christmas Child shoebox recipients, celebrates 10 years of impacting children, their families and communities.
A booklet printed in the child’s native language, The Greatest Gift, is placed in each OCC shoebox distributed. Following distribution of the shoeboxes, the 12-lesson Bible study, The Greatest Journey, is offered to the students. The classes are taught by 920,000 volunteer teachers in more than 100 countries.
In Fiji, a pastor hosted an Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach event in a rural community that had no church. He invited the children to attend The Greatest Journey. As the students gathered for the discipleship lessons, their parents grew curious and began attending too. The village elder became a believer and offered his property as a place for the new church to meet.
Today, 80 people attend regularly, and five additional churches have been started in surrounding villages. This is one example of hundreds of churches planted annually as a result of Operation Christmas Child in regions where it works.
Statistics of The Greatest Journey for 2018 alone show that over 200,000 teachers were trained, 4 million children were enrolled, 2.8 million children graduated and 2 million children reported decisions for Christ.
In the Middle East and North Africa, 4.2 million children have received a shoebox gift over time and nearly 97,000 of these boys and girls have participated in The Greatest Journey.
If you are interested in helping a shoebox start its journey, contact First Baptist Church, Hillsboro at 254-582-3418.

Senior Center fills stockings for homebound
This Christmas, help fill stockings for seniors by bringing items from a wish list to Lake Whitney Senior Center any Tuesday from now through December 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So many local residents do not have an opportunity to get out and about during the holiday season to enjoy all the delightful sights and sounds. Sadly, many do not receive special holiday gifts and goodies during what should be a season filled with hope and giving.
By filling Christmas stockings with lots of useful tokens, volunteers will be giving seniors gifts of love that they so desperately need to know they matter and someone cares.
The community can help by providing items to fill gift bags for 40 senior homebound Meals On Wheels recipients.
The wish list includes: Christmas stockings (at least 18”); slippers; socks; gloves; beanie caps; scarves; blankets and throws; handheld fans; backscratchers; small stuffed animals; decks of cards; crossword puzzle books; jigsaw puzzles; new kitchen towels and pot holders; notepads; pens; toothpaste and brushes; tissues; hand and body lotion; magnifying glasses; candy canes, cans of soup or tuna; small boxes of cereal; cheese crackers and individually-packed snacks; sugar-free juice boxes.
Using your imagination, come up with other useful and fun items. If items require batteries, please include them, and please check expiration dates on all items.
If more information is needed or you are not able to drop items off on Tuesdays, contact Lake Whitney Senior Center Director Lynda Bomar at 254-332-0041, or send an email to lakewhitneysen iorcenter@gmail.com.
The senior center is located at 503 North Colorado Street just two blocks from downtown Whitney, across the street from King Memorial United Methodist Church in Whitney.

LW Arts plans holiday craft fair Nov. 23
Lake Whitney Arts’ first Holiday Handcrafts Fair will be held Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the theatre, located at 500 South Bosque in Whitney.
With more than a dozen indoor vendors, items available for sale will range from professional woodcarvings, hand-painted artwork, to hand-sewn stocking stuffers.
Lake Whitney Arts invites everyone to visit and view a wonderful variety of crafted items.
For more information, call 254-694-5105.

Vendor space available for annual bazaar
Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will hold Chicks & Salsa and the ninth annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sidewalk vendor space is available for a $20 donation to the Whitney food bank. There will be arts, crafts, baked goods and more, and merchants will have holiday specials.
For more information or a vendor application, call Chamber Executive Director Janice Sanders at 254-694-2540.

WIS family Fall Fest planned for Nov. 21
Whitney Intermediate School will hold a Fall Fest Thursday, November 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hangar gym, at 301 South San Jacinto Street in Whitney.
The event is free, and everyone is invited to attend for a night of family fun. The event will include games and prizes. There will also be a PTO cake walk with tickets available for purchase.
A concession stand will also be available offering hamburgers and drinks.

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