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2014-01-02

Helping Hand extends New Year greetings

Judith Pannebaker

Bandera County Helping Hand will be closed until Monday, Jan. 6, so that our staff and volunteers can enjoy the holiday with their families. We wish a safe and happy New Year celebration for all. May 2014 bring you peace, good health and prosperity.
Helping Hand fed 80 families for Christmas. Our partner organization, Spirit of Christmas Presents, provided toys for 197 children in those families. We are appreciative of all who donated to make this possible. Thank you!
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is over and we do not have a final tally yet. However, we thank all our wonderful volunteers who came out to help us ring the bells. We could not do this without you.
We would remind our deer hunters that they could still donate the meat they do not want by taking their field dressed deer to Rhodes Bros Taxidermy & Game Processing at 2391-A Junction Hwy. in Kerrville. They must tell Rhodes the meat is for Bandera County Helping Hand. They can pay the processing fee of $35 for a buck or $30 for a doe, if they like. If they do not wish to pay, Rhodes will still call us when the meat is processed and we will pay the fee when we pick up the meat. We are desperately low on meat right now and venison is always a welcome addition.
We have an urgent need for space heaters, as well as warm clothes, blankets, coats, and socks. After feeding so many for the holidays, we are very low on all food items.
A couple works at low-income jobs. They were evicted and needed a place to stay. We put them in a motel to look for another residence. We counseled them about budgeting. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Helping Hand or shop at our Thrift Store, come to 1116 12th St. in Bandera or mail to P.O. Box 1092, Bandera, TX 78003. For more information call Helping Hand at 830-796-8300 or visit our website at www.banderacountyhelpinghand.com.