STATE REP. HUNTER: Let's Find a Way to Make This Holiday Season Brighter for Those in Need

More Ways of Giving Back During the Holiday Season

By State Rep. Todd Hunter

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — With the holiday season upon us, it is important to remember there are many Coastal Bend residents that may need a helping hand this winter. In a previous article I discussed helping others through Toys for Tots. In this week’s column, I would like to continue that discussion by sharing a few simple ways you can make a significant impact in the life of someone less fortunate this year. I have outlined some of the many giving opportunities available at Coastal Bend charities.

In South Texas, we face high winds and humidity that can be particularly grueling during the winter months and making donations of such items as coats and blankets are especially important this time of year. As mentioned above, donating new or gently used coats, blankets, and other cold weather items is a way to help others stay warm this winter.

Goodwill is a great organization that can help with these types of donations. You can find a donation location in your area by:

With a diverse range of assistance programs that include Emergency Aid, Rural Outreach, Immigration & Refugee Services, Ministry & Life Enrichment for the Disabled, Healthy Living Center, and the Mother Teresa Shelter, Inc., the Catholic Charities offers a number of volunteer and donation opportunities. You can find out more about these services and how to get involved by:

The Ronald McDonald House Charities in our area is another great charity that provides comfort and support for families with sick or critically injured children in many different ways. From donating clothes and ‘wish list’ items to volunteering your time, there are several ways to get involved as outlined on their website, such as Administrative Volunteer, the Share-A-Meal Program, Pop Tab, and the Share-A-Night Program.

Due to COVID-19, the Ronald McDonald House is not allowing visitors. However, they do need volunteers to assist with delivering catered meals from a restaurant. Also, volunteer shifts have been temporarily suspended but you can donate items at yellow donation boxes throughout the Coastal Bend.

A few items to donate to the donation boxes are brand new games, small toys, books, crafts, and clothing. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities, please:

Additionally, there is The Helping Hands Food Pantry in Port Aransas which is operated by the Community Presbyterian Church. The Food Pantry provides perishable and nonperishable foods, personal care items, and diapers to anyone in need in Port Aransas.

  • Donations of nonperishable items may be brought to the Community Presbyterian Church at 113 S. Alister St. Port Aransas, TX 78373.
  • Checks can be made out to Port Aransas Food Pantry and mailed to Port Aransas Food Pantry, P.O. Box 147, Port Aransas, TX, 78373.

Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans is an organization which was established by volunteers, built by volunteers, and manned by volunteers. It exists to help citizens of Aransas County. Good Samaritans gives out food, provides help with clothing, utilities, shelter, medical services, and many other needs. Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans is located at 507 South Ann Street, Rockport, Texas 78382, and their phone number is (361) 790-9828. Also, you can visit their website at Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans.

Whether it is through donating goods, contributing financially, or volunteering your time, it is my hope that together we can find a way to make this holiday season a bit brighter for those in need.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments regarding any of the information or legislative processes mentioned above, and don't hesitate to call my Capitol or District Offices (Capitol Office: 512-463-0672 – District Office: 361-949-4603) if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas State Agency or if you'd like help regarding Constituent Services. 

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As always, we're available at any time to assist you with questions, concerns, or comments. Your ideas and information are important forms of feedback, and I hope you'll not hesitate to contact my office.

State Representative Todd Hunter serves the constituents of Texas House District 32, which is composed of Aransas County, and part of Nueces County.

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