FESCO Blood Drive Cancelled

The FESCO blood drive set for Thursday, Dec. 14 at 711 East Jackson location from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled.

Nominations Being Accepted

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is accepting nominations for the 2017 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year is a lifetime achievement award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 29. Nomination letters can be delivered to the Chamber Office at 01 N. Mechanic or by mail to P.O. Box 1400 El Campo, TX 77437. Nominations can also be emailed to ecc@elcampochamber.com. If you have submitted a candidate in the past that was not selected, please resubmit or call the Chamber to update candidate information to be reconsidered. For any questions or more details, please call 543-2713.

Church, Businesses Collecting Toys For Children

Be the Light is teaming up with New Life Assembly of God and local businesses to collect toys this holiday season. Toys will be dispersed with the help of our local schools. Donations can be dropped off at any one of the following locations Monday - Friday: Revolution Fitness, 903 S. Mechanic from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Ai United, 121 W. Jackson St. from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Danes Country Store, 11433 Hwy 71 South from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Comet Cleaners, 1703 N. Mechanic from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., New Life AG, 705 Earl St. from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., and Dollar General, 1501 N. Mechanic St. from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more information please contact Jennifer at 616-7102.

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Remember A Veteran This Christmas

In an effort to remember veterans this Christmas, Wreaths Across America will be held locally at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4609 N. State Hwy. 71 starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16. The event is being hosted by Comfort Wood Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Arts & Crafts Fair Coming To Garwood

Eastman Gallery is hosting the Garwood Country Christmas Marketplace from noon to 6 p.m. Satuday, Dec. 16 in downtown Garwood. The event will showcase over 30 artists and vendors in Downtown Garwood including painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, doll-makers and garden art. There will be face-painting, a bouncy room and a painting tent for the kids and a chili cook-off, baking contest and a washer pitching tournament for the adults.

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

Former Priest Leads Advent Celebration

Msgr. Enda McKenna, former priest of St. Philip Catholic Church, is returning to the parish as a special guest for a celebration of the Advent season. All are invited to a time of worship, including scripture, songs and meditation with Msgr. McKenna on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Music will begin 6:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.

American Legion To Gather For Christmas

Craig-Harris, American Legion Post & Auxiliary #251 will have their Member’s Christmas Gathering in lieu of their General Meeting on Tuesday Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 7 p.m. All members are strongly encouraged to attend.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

Knights of Columbus Hosts Blood Drive

Knights of Columbus Council 2490 will sponsor a Community Blood Drive on Wednesday Dec. 20 at the Columbus Club on Armory Rd (1458 Co Rd 406) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.. This is the last blood drive for 2017. It is a great Christmas gift to give. One pint of blood will save 3 people’s lives. All donors will receive a meal and t-shirt.

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

Lutheran Church To Host Christmas Program

Danevang Lutheran Church, 1401 Ave. I, Christmas program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. at the church in Danevang. A visit with Santa and refreshments will be held in the church hall following the program.

SUNDAY, DEC. 24

FUMC Announces Christmas Eve Services

First United Methodist Church El Campo, 1001 Ave. I, will hold their Christmas Eve worship in the chapel at 8:30 a.m. and in the sanctuary at 10:45 a.m. A family worship service will be that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. followed later with a candlelight worship at 6 p.m.

Christ Lutheran Celebrates Christmas

The congregation of Christ Lutheran will hold services on Christmas Eve at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Special Services Set For Faith Lutheran

Faith Lutheran, 2103 N. Mechanic, will have their regular Sunday morning service at 9 a.m. and a candlelight Christmas Eve service that day at 7 p.m. They will also have a Christmas Day service, Dec. 25 at 9 a.m.

Ongoing

Toys For Tots Taking Collection For Kids

Wharton County Toys for Tots is collecting new toys for children now through mid-December. The El Campo Leader-News is just one of the drop off locations in El Campo. There is another drop off box located at Wireless Zone, 3703 FM 2765 Rd, Suite A. For more information on how you can help, call Steve Lyford, 320-9841 or visit http://el-campo-tx.toysfortots.org.

Manna Meals Offers Food, Fellowship

Manna Meals is offered at no cost every Monday and Thursday from 5 - 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Meals are prepared then served by local congregations at 500 Foerster (between Fourth and Fifth Streets in El Campo). For more information on this dine-in for all program, please call 505-9362 or mannamealsec@gmail.com.

TOPS Meeting On Weekly Basis

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) will have a weekly chapter meeting from 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Northside Education Center, Room 105. Meetings focus on nutrition, exercise, motivation and wellness education. Those who are interested are welcome to attend.

Little League Registration Taken Now

El Campo Little League is now registering athletes for Youth Baseball until Jan. 18, 2018. For information, please visit www.elcampolittleleague.com

CASA Seeks Volunteers

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to help. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600 or visit https://casa-mw.org/.

Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 541-7493.

Free Services Offered

The Mainstream Connection, a 501 c3 organization offers help with pantry assistance, counseling, immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference letters, extreme and unusual hardship letters, residency applications/renewals, citizenship applications, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. Call 832-831-1688.

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