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The Blossom Church of God invites you to ‘Color for a Cause’ this weekend at their 5K ‘Color Run’. You may start the race in a white t-shirt, but you will finish completely colored, as at different points in the race you will be doused with different colored corn starch.
This is an all ages event and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. For more information or to register, contact Angie Story at (903) 517-5433 or Melissa Chipman at (903) 782-4366.
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.