Canned Food Drive to benefit the Downtown Food Pantry at the Pumpkin Patch – Bring a can, get a discount

Anyone that brings a canned good to Paris Main Street’s Downtown Pumpkin Patch, will receive a 50% discount on any pumpkin purchase of $10 or more.  There is no limit to pumpkins, so please bring as many canned goods as possible.

These canned goods will go to the benefit of the Paris Downtown Food Pantry.  The ‘drive’ will only be held on Friday and Saturday, during the pumpkin patch hours, so this will be the only time that this 50% discount will be available.

The Downtown Pumpkin Patch is open Sunday-Friday, 12pm-6pm, and Saturdays, 10am-6pm.

Also, as an attraction for the Pumpkin Patch, there is a decoration station for the children.  With the purchase of any pumpkin in the patch, you get a free small pumpkin to fully decorate yourself.  There’s paint, crayons, glitter, glue, and tons of other stuff to make a pumpkin a work of art.

On Sunday around noon, another big shipment of pumpkins will arrive, bringing somewhere in the range of 1000 pumpkins.  They go fast, so come get your pumpkin, decorate one, and bring some canned goods.

Please, if you haven’t already, go and ‘Like’ the Downtown Pumpkin Patch on Facebook at


United Way 3rd Annual Small Business ‘Blitz’

Volunteers will “sweep” through Lamar County to pick-up donations for the United Way 2013 Campaign.

Their goal is to raise $32, 812!

After your donations are received, you business will be recognized for your generosity.

Tune into K95.5 to hear your company name!

Maurice’s is holding a Halloween Costume Drive for children in foster care, Bring your costume for those in need

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Many children are having that thought right now.  Some will decide and get to choose a costume, however, some will not.  But there are things that you can do to help those less fortunate get to be what they want for Halloween.

Hundreds of children in foster homes across Lamar County cannot afford the luxury and fun of ‘dressing up’ for Halloween.

Maurice’s is accepting donations of ‘gently used’ Halloween costumes to benefit children placed in foster care.

They will take any kind of Halloween costumes and/or masks — sizes ranging from toddlers to about 12 years of age.  Maurice’s will also accept unopened, non-perishable bags of candy.

These donations will be accepted from now, up until Saturday, October 13.  Please take your donations to Maurice’s in the Paris Towne Center — formerly Mirabeau Square, 3510 Lamar Avenue, Paris Texas.

Now, check this out, for every costume donated — or for every approximate 3 bags of candy — you will earn a 20%-off coupon.

There is a limit of 10 coupons in one day, but you can use 3 of them per transaction per day, and that’s potentially 60% off!

Remember how fun it was to dress up in your favorite character costume when you were a child; the thrill of ‘trick-or-treating’.  Help those hundreds of children in foster care have the same joy.  You have until Saturday to bring your donations.

Lamar County Humane Association wins big in national PETCO Foundation contest

The Petco Foundation recently awarded ten animal shelters across the country with $10,000 a piece in their 100 Celebrations Contest.

The top ten to receive the most votes on Facebook from fans or citizens in their community would receive the money.

The Lamar County Humane Association in Paris, TX came in at number nine with 5,064 votes, winning the $10,000 prize!

There were shelters from all over the country awarded, from states such as, California, Kentucky, Georgia, Washington, North Carolina and Louisiana.

It’s awesome to see ‘small town’ Paris keep up with large cities, such as San Diego, who’s shelter, Labradors and Friends, came in at number 5 with just 5,159 votes — only 95 votes more than our Lamar County Humane Association.

Congratulations to the Lamar County Humane Association on their big win.  More to come on the Extra! about the great ways they use their awarded money.

Please go and ‘Like’ the Lamar County Humane Association on Facebook by clicking here!

The month of October brings a lot of pink & national Breast Cancer Awareness

The full month of October is officially the ‘Pink’ month — more specifically, Breast Cancer Awareness Month — and you can bet that Paris Texas will be ‘painted’ with the color and spotted with many of the signature ‘pink ribbons’, along with all the Halloween colors and decor.

The color and the signature ribbon is to signify awareness for breast cancer patients and survivors, and there have been and will be many events to raise funds for the cause.

Several companies in the community are donating a portion of their profits during the month to foundations supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and the finding of a cure.

Our Eiffel Tower was colored pink with its lights on Tuesday, October 2, for the 1st Step to kickoff the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There will be many more events coming soon in support of the awareness, including the ‘Party on the Plaza’ after the Paris Antique Fair, featuring Women Rock, Inc. and Sisters on the Fly — two fun-filled awareness groups.

More to come about coming events on the eParis Extra!

Keep those with Breast Cancer and their friends and family members close to your heart, prayers and thought.