‘Tis the season for sharing
The Texas State and San Marcos community is coming together in many ways to help those in need this holiday season. Find out how you can help by participating in the work of these organizations.
Holiday Hope through RHA
The Residence Hall Association is hosting their annual Holiday Hope drive to benefit the San Marcos Youth Shelter. RHA will be collecting toiletries and cash donations for the shelter, which serves as a transitional home for kids who have been removed from unsafe situations. RHA will host the Holiday Hope Gala tonight, Dec. 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom as a fundraiser for the shelter. Find more details on Facebook.
University Advancement Toy Drive
The Office of University Advancement is collecting toys for the children of military service members through a program called Operation Once in a Lifetime. Bring unwrapped toys to JCK 480 during regular business hours. The donation bins are in the reception area. The toy drive ends Dec. 17, and toys will be delivered to For Sam, an Operation Once in a Lifetime collection point in San Antonio, on Dec. 18.
Additionally, University Advancement is collecting twin size sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets and toiletries for the 21st Combat Support Hospital at Fort Hood, which will receive an additional 150 soldiers returning from Iraq in December. Cash donations will also be accepted to purchase linens for the soldiers.
Giving Tree at Centerpoint Station
Centerpoint Station, located at 3946 South Interstate-35 across from the outlet malls, is hosting a “Giving Tree” to benefit United Way of Hays County. For a $10 donation to UWHC, guests can select a stocking from the Giving Tree. Stocking contain thank you gifts from local businesses, including Centerpoint Station, Sac-N-Pac, Starbucks, Palmer’s Restaurant, Grin’s, Root Cellar Café, Isanze Day Spa, Infinity Salon and Spa, Lone Star Med Spa, Carino’s, Red Lobster, Mochas & Javas, H-E-B, Cheryl Bailey Catering and others. UWHC and its partner agencies provide assistance to some 30,000 Hays County residents. Find more information and unitedwayhaysco.org.
Time for the Hays County Food Bank
The Hays County Food Bank relies on volunteers to help feed hundreds of families each week. Volunteers are needed to fill shifts Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers work on crews for food pickups, sort boxes of food, move food into storage and clean the facility. Those interested in volunteering will need to attend a one-hour orientation, offered Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the HCFB office, 220 Herndon St. in San Marcos. For more information, visit www.haysfoodbank.org.