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The Paris, Texas Bikers Church presents church ‘Outside the Walls’ on Saturday June 1st from 6-8pm at the Evening Side Apartments Parking Lot – 750 Bonham Street.
The event is open to all and will include live music entertainment and free hot dogs while supplies last. See flyer for details.
The Lamar County Human Resources Council’s Meals on Wheels program will serve hot dogs and canned drinks for $1 at Atwoods on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 4pm.
This partnering effort between LCHRC and Atwoods will directly benefit the Meals on Wheels program and their cause to end senior hunger in Lamar County and the surrounding.
You can come get two hot dogs and a canned drink for just $1 at the Atwoods parking lot at the intersection of Loop 286 and North Main Street.
All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels.
Friday morning dozens of people gathered for a balloon release celebrating the 184 children the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) were able to help during the 2012 year. Gathered in the crowd holding balloons of different colors were representatives from law enforcement, CPS, the district attorney’s office, CAC board members and volunteers, members of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and board member Cheryl Vanderburg’s 1st grade class from North Lamar.
CAC Executive Director Rebecca Peevy began the short ceremony with a quote from the movie “Hope Floats,” saying “Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That’s what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too…”
She explained that they chose to name the balloon release event “hope floats” to symbolize the hope they have for every child of abuse.
In 2012, the Center conducted 184 forensic interviews – a balloon was released to represent each of these children. Different colors were used to signify the type of abuse the child suffered. Last year, the CAC reported:
April is national Prevent Child Abuse Month. The Hope Floats balloon release supports the CAC mission of promoting hope and as the executive director of the CAC, Rebecca Peevy explains, “In spite of bad things that happen to kids, we work so that their hope will always “float”!
No doubt we have all been closely following the news over the weekend coming out of West, TX, after the tragic explosion at a fertilizer plant that devastated the small town and the citizens there.
Many surrounding communities from all over the state have pitched in to help West in many ways — sending funds and supplies, as well as volunteers to the ground of West.
The United Ways of Texas have set up the West, TX Statewide Recovery Fund, making it very easy to send aid by financial support to those in need in West, Texas. Absolutely 100% of donations made here will go directly to assist those impacted by this tragedy.
According to the President of United Ways of Texas, the Governor has also identified 2-1-1 as an official resource for this disaster. The public has been encouraged to call and be connected with other resources and information.
“We received word from Texas VOAD this weekend that there are no more volunteers needed on the ground in West, but they continue to collect current needs,” stated Karen Johnson, President/CEO of United Ways of Texas. ”At this time, financial support has been identified as the best way to help.”
UWT will continue to push the latest updates on how to help with the efforts in West via social media. (Follow UWT on Facebook or Twitter, @uwtexas.)
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Austin American Statesman have pages dedicated to resources and news on the recovery in West, and the eParis Extra! has this page dedicated to the statewide recovery fund, with links directly in the article to donate. Please share this link on Facebook and Twitter, so that the news of this Statewide Recovery Fund can be spread.
United Ways of Texas thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to aid this community in need.
The Paris Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary celebrates its 58th year of service. The program started in 1955 as a means to raise funds for the hospital. What started with selling gift wrapping and cakes downtown has since grown too become a very important part of Paris Regional.
The Volunteer Auxiliary continues the old tradition of fundraising with events throughout the year, including bake sales, jewelry sales, scrub sales, and book fairs. The funds raised by these events are used to support the hospital in a multitude of ways. Wheelchairs, televisions, and renovated waiting rooms are just some of the projects that have been made possible by the Volunteer Auxiliary’s efforts. Money raised also goes to help sponsor the Prescription Medicine Assistance Program.
Outside of fundraising, volunteers support the hospital and its patients in various avenues, from working registration to manning the gift shops, or providing the buttery scent of popcorn from the popcorn machine. The volunteers are glad to be of service. “I’m thankful I can do this. It helps others. We perform a needed service,” said Judy Skidmore, President of the Volunteer Auxiliary. Within the last year, the volunteers have provided 33,302 hours of service, valuing at over six hundred thousand dollars. Exceptional volunteers are recognized at an annual awards banquet.
Currently, 125 volunteers participate as members of the Auxiliary, but they are still looking for more. One can find a volunteer application and letter at either gift shop on the North or South Campus, or at http://www.parisrmc.com. For more information on the Volunteer Auxiliary program at Paris Regional Medical Center, please call (903) 737-1137.
About Paris Regional Medical Center
Paris Regional Medical Center offers some of the most comprehensive health and wellness care in Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Its campuses offer general acute-care services including cardiovascular, women’s health, and rehabilitation, surgical, gero-psychiatric and pediatric services. For more information, go to www.parisregionalmedical.com.