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Empty Stocking Program
Houston County Courier - November 2008
CROCKETT-"Christmas isn't just one day a year, it is much more" is the motto of the 2008 Community Project Empty Stocking Program. Last year about 350 children in 125 families were adopted by people in the community who generously adopted and filled a child's stocking from the trees in the area.
Each child or parent if the child is too young, can write his Christmas wish list on a stocking that is hung on the Christmas tree. This year there will be trees in two locations to adopt a child: in the lobby of Direct Medical and at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
All applications are verified by income guidelines and children's ages of 0-12; a 13-15 year old that is in the same household and still in school can be included. Applications must be picked up and delivered to Mable Thompson's office, 1034 South Fourth Street, Texas Dept. of State Health Services.
Theresa Ramsey said, "We have a greater need for the older children, 8-years and up. They tend to have more specific requests." The lists include Hanna Montana dolls, Barbie dolls, horses and farm set, train engine with cars and a track.
Mrs. Ramsey continued, "We try to follow their wish list as closely as we can. Often we have requests for clothing, socks, jackets, robes, shoes and jeans. We will have clothing size and shoe size on each stocking and a note if a computer is available to the child for computer games."
Adopt a stocking from the trees at Direct Medical or Mable Thompson's office for a child's wish list which may include tricycles and bikes for all ages and their accessories, helmets and kneepads, remote-controlled cars and planes, skateboards, roller skates;
Fingernail polish and little girl dress up sets, stocking stuffers, hard candy for stockings, footballs, basketballs, baseballs and bats and sports equipment for all ages;
Hair bows, ribbons, hair clips and accessories, books, coloring books and crayons, colored pencil sets, art supplies, toiletry items such as action toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and combs, perfume and cologne, toys, board games, dolls, stuffed animals and trucks;
DVDs, CDs and CD players as well as computer games for all ages are all Christmas items that a child would wish for.
The Empty Stocking Program has needs also: wrapping paper, tape refills for desk tape dispensers, stockings homemade or bought and volunteers to deliver toys to a child's home. Call Mrs. Ramsey at 546-1518 to volunteer or for more information about individuals can help in this community project.
There will be six drop off locations this year to return wrapped gifts including the two places with applications and stockings hanging from the tree with first name of child and his/her wish list:
Applications/tree with child's stocking/wrapped gift: Texas Dept. of State Health Services, 1034 South Fourth Street, 544-4734; Direct Medical, 404 Fannin Avenue, 544-3361'
Return wrapped gifts: Grace Street Church of Christ, 124 South Grace Street, 544-3325, Grapeland Messenger, 206 South Main Street, Grapeland, 687-4788; First United Methodist Church, 701 East Goliad, 544-2044 and Lovelady Food Center, 110 North Commerce, 636-7612.
The Empty Stocking Program encourages community members to keep this project in mind when items are on sale during the year. Remember, "Christmas isn't just one day a year; it is much more!"