The Bandera Courier
Bandera Courier
Thursday December 14, 2017
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We have cold weather needs aplenty

Judith Pannebaker

Bandera County Helping Hand Director Jesse Parks reports that we need more coats, jackets, sweaters and blankets to meet our clients' needs in the cold weather. We can still use socks, shoes, caps and gloves.
In the past week, we gave five more individuals blankets and warm clothing, including coats and shoes.
Assistant Director Laura White still needs a couple of dressers in good condition.
Since we opened after the holidays, we have given out 39 boxes of food and helped keep the electricity on for 21 families. We have provided propane for three families, helped three individuals get medications and given hotel vouchers to three people.
• A single mom sold her house and quit her job in another town to move here. As soon as she arrived, her car broke down. She and her child were living in their car in Mansfield Park and came in looking for help. We gave her a voucher for a week in a motel so they could stay warm and we provided food for them. She is seeking a job and a more permanent place to live.
• A couple needed help for their daughter, who had been in the hospital with bronchitis. The hospital released the girl to go home but her folks could not afford her medication. We helped them get the prescription that was needed.
• A young woman was not ready for the premature birth of her first baby. She had nothing so we gave her baby items, including a playpen, a stroller, and some clothes.
• A single mom with a low-paying job got behind in her electric bill. We helped her keep the power on.
• Two older women needed propane to keep their trailers warm. We filled their small tanks.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Helping Hand or shop at our Thrift Store, come to 1116 12th Street in Bandera or mail to PO Box 1092, Bandera, TX 78003. For more information call Helping Hand at 830-796-8300 or visit our Web site at