Drive to collect 1,000 suitcases starts
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
When children are removed from their homes, they are leaving their world of familiarity. It’s a frightening time for them. Often, they are moved from one foster home to another. In addition to the upheaval in their young lives, thousands of children in foster care carry their worldly possessions in garbage bags each time they are moved. A group of Lovelady athletes wants to end this indignity and needs the community’s support. The Lovelady Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) has set a goal to collect 1,000 suitcases between now (Sept. 26) and Oct. 31. Region V includes 15 counties and has about 800 children in foster care at this time. The Lovelady F.C.A.’s mission during this project is “We embrace the needs of children to create a better world one suitcase at a time.” Members of the community are asked to take their suitcases to one of the following drop-off centers, and to look for the big drop-off box: First Baptist Church, Lovelady (Gym), Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 noon, Sunday service; Harvest Church, Crockett, Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday service; First Baptist Church, Crockett, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday service; Calvary Baptist Church, Crockett, Monday and Friday, 12 noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday service; First United Methodist Church, Grapeland, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday service; Trinity Tabernacle, Trinity, Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday service; East Texas Medical Center, Crockett, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., upstairs at clinic or 6 days a week, 24/7 near the gift shop. The Lovelady F.C.A. members thank everyone for donating to their mission. For more information, call 936-636-2776.