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The Kelvin L. Hicks Foundation, Inc. & ‘Everybody is Somebody Center’ is raising funds for the annual Back to the Schoolyard School Supply Drive, which will take place on August 18 at the Paris Fairgrounds from 11am to 2pm.
The hopes are to provide underprivileged children with the adequate supplies needed for a healthy school year with a positive and productive start.
Last year they were able to help 120 students with school supplies and hope to this year reach out to 200. You could help them out, and be a part of something great.
They are looking for donations of backpacks, general school supplies — paper, pencils, pens, rulers, erasers, etc., and basic-need items for the students. Monetary donations are also welcomed and the supply shopping will be taken care of for you. Make all checks payable to Everybody is Somebody Center.
For more information on how to be a part or make a donation, please contact: Danielle Twitty at (903) 225-9556 or Kelvin Hicks at (214) 702-1807.
All you have to do is go to Chili’s — eat as much as you can — and bring the attached flyer with you to show them. Then, 10% of what you buy, food or drink, goes to a wonderful cause that promotes safe driving.
Since the beginning, and the 49 rides they gave the first weekend, Dylan’s Drivers has made quite an impact on our community. With over 30,000 people lost a year due to automobile accidents, and over 30% of those being alcohol related, we need that kind of impact.
The program is built around young (over 21) volunteers who man phones and dispatch drivers to locations in, or closely around, town. Each vehicle has both a driver and a navigator who are male and female. It is the navigator’s job to make the ride home fun and entertaining to help build and spread the reputation that Dylan’s Drivers isn’t there to lecture you about drinking, but rather to simply get you home safe — the very needed ‘Designated Driver’ (DD) on a night of drinking.
Dylan’s Drivers was formed by Ronnie and Vickie Ballard after the tragic loss of their son, Dylan Ballard, in an alcohol related accident in July, 2011.
They still need help with all the expenses of providing this helpful service. If we can get the word out — and enough of these flyers — we can help them in a big way. Chili’s is offering a place to help, once a month.
The next evening that Dylan’s Drivers will benefit is Tuesday, August 7th. Just bring the flyer that is attached below.
Dylan’s Drivers is preparing for their first annual fundraiser, Rides for a Reaon 2012. The event is to be held on September 22 at the Love Civic Center in Paris. The fun will last all day, beginning at 8am with a 5k ‘fun run’/walk and ending sometime after 4pm.
Shortly after the 5k ‘Fun Run’, the collector, classic and muscle cars will begin showing up at 10am. There will be one People’s Choice Award for the best car at $1 per vote. Continuing into the day, at 11am there will be a Memorial Motorcyle Ride.
With all the ‘fun running’, muscle cars and motorcycle riding everyone is bound to be hungry. Starting around midday there will be a tailgate party with a hamburger cook-off. Competition burger cookers get your grilling skills ready, the contest burgers start at 1pm and the judging will begin around 1:30pm. A prize will go to the best burger’s cook.
It’s not over yet, there’s more. The Dylan’s Drivers crew has also scheduled an array of fun games — like beer goggles and golf cart obstacle courses — live music all day, from 10am-4pm, a 50/50 ticket drawing, and even a softball tournament. There will even be face painting, bounce houses, and more for the children.
Wristbands for food and Rides for a Reason t-shirts we be available for sale also. All the proceeds benefit Dylan’s Drivers and their cause.
Dylan’s Drivers is a driving program and organization that offers free, confidential and non-judgmental rides to those consuming alcoholic beverages and plan to drive — offering a sober driver when one’s needed but not around. The hopes are to help limit the amount of car accidents and lives that are lost due to driving impaired or under the influence of alcohol. Dylan’s Drivers was started by Paris locals, Ronnie and Vicki Ballard following the tragic loss of their son, Dylan Ballard, in an alcohol-related automobile accident.
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Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!
Everyone knows of the plastic bags that sit in your cabinets at home — bag inside bag, waiting to be used. As we go to get groceries each time, our items come in small bags bearing the logo or name of Wal-Mart, Brookshire’s, Kroger, Dollar General, etc.
Some people save a few and some collect hundreds of these bags, never wanting to throw any away for the thought of recycling them. This is good.
Save as many as you can. The Downtown Food Pantry is in dire need of these bags. The uses that they get from these small plastic bags are endless, and you could help their mission of feeding the less fortunate just by giving your spares away.
There is a drop box at First Federal Bank that you can take and leave your bags, or you can take them directly to the Pantry and drop them.
The Panty’s address is 124 W. Cherry Street, Paris, Texas. Phone number: 903-737-8870 Their hours of operation are: Tuesdays 1:30pm – 4:30pm and Thursdays 8:30am – 11:30am
Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!
When a child experiences the loss of a loved one, they need help dealing with the strong emotions of grief. Camp Brave Heart is a bereavement camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one – a grandparent, a parent, a sibling or a friend.
The free three-day camp combines grief support with fun of a recreational day camp. Camp counselors experienced in child and adolescent grief lead fun-filled activities to help campers learn from each other about grief and ways to cope with loss. Even if the child seems to be adjusting well to the loss, many children still have concerns they may not feel comfortable sharing for fear of causing sadness to family members who are also grieving.
Camp Brave Heart is for children ages 6 -16. Most importantly the experience allows children to explore and share their feelings with other children who have experienced a loss – helping them to understand that they are not alone in their experience.
Camp activities will include:
August 7 -9, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday
Location: First United Methodist Church, Paris, Texas
Cypress Basin Hospice is the only non-profit hospice serving Lamar County. Cypress Basin Hospice has offered support since 1986 throughout Northeast Texas for those patients and their families who are undergoing the effects of life-limiting illness. Care is given in the patient’s home, nursing facility, assisted living, or hospital. In addition to Camp Brave Heart, Cypress Basin Hospice offers a wide range of grief support programs to families and individuals, whether or not they are Cypress Basin Hospice clients.
If you know a child who would benefit from Camp Brave Heart, please contact Cypress Basin Hospice at 903-577-1510 or 888-429-2966, or go to www: cbhospice.org.