Special fundraising performance Thursday at PCT to benefit New Hope Center

Through the efforts of Premier Home Care & Hospice, Paris Community Theatre and the play sponsors (First Federal Community Bank; Harrison, Walker & Harper) a special performance of ‘The White Liars/Black Comedy’ (click for more info about the play) will be held tonight as a fundraiser for the New Hope Center of Paris.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12. There will be a free wine and cheese reception at the theatre after the play.

This is another event in a series of fundraisers that Premier Home Care & Hospice is doing for this year’s ‘Beauty is Ageless’ Senior Beauty Pageant, which is the New Hope Center’s big annual fundraiser.

Tell your friends, bring yourself and bring your family out to support this great cause in beautiful downtown Paris.

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Paris Biker Church to host ‘Outside the Walls’ service with free hot dogs on July 26

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On Saturday, July 26, the Paris Biker Church will go ‘Outside the Walls’ to host a worship service – featuring live music, a message and free hot dogs — at Wade Park from 7-8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the event, so bring your friends and family to give praise to our Lord.

The free hot dogs will be served for as long as the supplies last. Live worship music will be performed by the Craig Vance Band.

The idea of ‘Outside the Walls’ — coined by the Paris Biker Church — is an outreach ministry to reach as many as possible, especially those that may not think they ‘fit in’ at a traditional church. It is an attempt to go outside the walls of the norm and inform more people of the Good News of the Lord.

The Paris Biker Church is nondenominational and is located at 3900 Southeast Loop 286. Stop by for more information, and mark your calendars for the ‘Outside the Walls’ service on Saturday, July 26.

Help is Needed at the Downtown Food Pantry

FoodPantry03-300x207Back in 2009 a small group of people started feeding the needy and hungry out the basement of the First United Methodist Church. After a short time at the old Co-Ministry building on Clarksville street, which they quickly outgrew, the Downtown Food Pantry (DFP) moved into its current space at 124 W. Cherry Street.

Twice a week a line wraps around the 8700 sq. ft. building, as people patiently wait to go inside, be quickly processed and then “shop” for their food.  The DFP is surprisingly efficient.  John Kirkman, Executive Director, says “We can process 150 families an hour. That includes checking in, letting them select their food, checking out and putting the food in their cars. It is really quite amazing.”

But in order to remain efficient they need more and more volunteers.   Individuals or groups interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry are encouraged to contact Chuck Burton 903-737-8870 or email chuck@downtownfoodpantry.org.

Volunteers are needed to help process patrons not only on the two days that the Pantry is open:  Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  But volunteers are also needed on days when deliveries arrive and they need to stock the pantry: Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Monetary donations are also needed to keep the Downtown Food Pantry operational. The Pantry serves over 400 families each Tuesday and Thursday. That’s a lot of food. The best way to help the DFP to continue is through a cash donation – no matter how small. Donations can be mailed to:  124 W. Cherry Street, Paris, TX 75460.  Donations are completely tax-deductible.

For those who don’t have the time to volunteer or the discretionary income to donate, another great, easy way to help the Downtown Food Pantry is the donations of plastic bags, preferably used, clean Walmart bags.  Those who come to the DFP, have a true shopping experience. Complete with shopping carts, check-out and of course bagging their groceries.

A few dedicated, compassionate people made a decision to feed the hungry in Lamar County. Over a few short years, their vision has grown and their mission is making a huge impact.  Take the time to volunteer, send in a donation or collect bags for the Downtown Food Pantry.

Volunteers Needed for “A Brush with Kindness”

Volunteers work on a housing project for HFH.

Volunteers work on a housing project for HFH.

It is time for another “A Brush With Kindness” paint project, and Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers.

The Brush with Kindness will be held all day on Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th at 330 N.E. 29th Street.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Judy Martin at 903-783-0599, or  903-495-9091.


United Way of Lamar County Prepares for 2015 Campaign

Virtually every individual in Lamar County is reached by the United Way. Through managed programs (VITA, FamilyWIZE, Food4Kids, etc.), volunteer opportunities and agency programs funded, YOUR United Way is dedicated to making a lasting impact.

United WayThis year we have committed to raising $550,000 to allocate to our partnering agencies. We are working with our agencies towards specific goals in the areas of Education, Income and Health.

By focusing on these three building blocks for a better life, United Way helps to create sustainable solutions to the most pressing issues in our community.

We maintain an extremely low overhead with just 13% of funds raised going to management and fundraising expense – the balance is invested in our community.  For the first time ever, 100% of the  $550,000 campaign goal has been committed to funding our partner agencies in 2015:  American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts NETSEO, CASA for KIDS, Children’s Advocacy Center, Dylan’s Drivers, ETCADA, Girl Scouts of NETX, Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis Imagination Library, Lamar County Child Welfare Board, Lamar County Human Resources Council, Lamar County Literacy Council, Lamar County Coalition of Education Business & Industry, LRMHMR-Innovative Enterprises, New Hope Center of Paris, The King’s Daughters, The Salvation Army, RSVP, RRV Down Syndrome Society, SAFE-T.

This year we have exciting new plans for our 2015 Community Campaign Kick-off!

On September 12, 2014 we will hold a Volunteer Fair and “Live at Five” event at the Love Civic Center. All of our funded partners will be on hand to provide purposeful volunteer opportunities and to educate you on their impact. Plus, entertainment and lots of fun as we work toward “Building a Better Community with YOU”.

The fun continues on Saturday, September 13, with the 4th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament, at the Red River Valley Rodeo Arena. Team registration is happening now!

Businesses, organizations and community members are invited to join us in creating a meaningful event. We are reaching out to our local community for sponsorships and leadership gifts to make this year’s campaign successful.

To get involved, contact your United of Lamar County at 903/784-6642, or email: unitedway@suddenlinkmail.com.