This holiday season shop local to win prizes in the official Gingerbread Run. Entry forms can be found in the Hometown Moments & Memories magazine or can be picked up at the El Campo Leader-News. Take the gingerbread run card to participating advertisers listed on the card and receive a sticker from each participant for a chance to win prizes.
Toys Being Collected
Wharton County Toys For Tots will be taking donations of new toys for local children. Unwrapped new toys can be dropped off to 50 different drop off locations, the El Campo Leader News being one of the drop offs. Toys will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the El Campo Boys and Girls Club. Gifts are distributed early so parents have time to wrap them. Volunteers are needed at the Boys and Girls club on Friday, Dec. 13 to sort and shop for families. To request toys this Christmas, the application is due no later than Wednesday, Dec. 12. Visit https://el-campo-tx.toysfortots.org for applications and list of drop offs. Additional drop locations can be found at: https://el-campo-tx.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donate-toys.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1-vFfeLPDM3A_rGsXoCI3FasqVHmDjduG13lFciKil1vJFXmQB5cGlZsw
Adopt A Grandparent
Adopt A Grandparent is in its third year of helping local residents have a merry Christmas. The project would not be possible without donations and volunteers. With monetary donations, each resident who lives at Prairie Village and El Campo Retirement Village facilities, Meridian Assisted Living, Garden Villa Health Care Center, Hillje SPJST Home and to locally nominated shut-ins and homebound residents will receive a gift. With a sponsorship of $10, Adopt A Grandparent will provide a wrapped Christmas gift, a Christmas celebration and homemade baked goodies these residents. Those who would like to volunteer with wrapping gifts, making deliveries, singing carols to residents and baking homemade goodies may contact Melody Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be dropped off to Angie Socha at Dr. Elizabeth Cheng’s and Dr. John Richards’ dental office, 105 N. Washington.
VA Hospital Donations Collected
Headed up by members of the El Campo FFA Chapter, donations are being collected to be delivered to patients at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. Suggested items in travel size only that should be donated by Tuesday, Dec. 3 include bath and body products, toothbruse and paste, baby powder, chapstick, throw blankets, shampoo, spray deoderant, shaving cream, lotion, socks (men and women), combs, brushes, nail clippers, men’s and women’s underwear, men’s T-shirts (size small to 2XL) and non-alcohol mouthwash. Items can be dropped of at The Shed, 1004 West Loop, or the El Campo Leader-News, 203 E. Jackson, both in El Campo.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Small Business Saturday
The Chamber of Commerce will be holding Small Business Saturday Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This day is dedicated to celebrating small business and encourage holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Shoppers will receive passports to be stamped at each participating business and after five stamps have been collected they will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a grand prize.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed
The Salvation Army will begin ringing their bells Saturday, Nov. 30 hoping for much needed donations. The bells will be rung for four Saturdays before Christmas. For more information to volunteer contact Tammy Rome at 543-5311.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Annual Women In Red Day
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting guest speaker Rev. A.C. Gardner Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at Sandridge Baptist Church in Egypt.
Steel Magnolias Christmas Concert
The Steel Magnolias from San Marcos, TX will present a community-wide Christmas concert “Christmas Joy” at the First Baptist Church located at 309 Cottonwood St. Edna TX, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information contact Debbie Daniel 512-757-4901.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
11th Annual Shop Hop
Shop at participating merchants Tuesday, Dec. 3 from noon to 9 p.m. and you will be entered to win prizes. The list of merchants is available at the El Campo Chamber of Commerce.
THURSDAY, december 5
The traditional lighted Christmas parade continues this year as the El Campo Chamber of Commerce presents this event Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7 - 10 p.m. The route will begin in Evans Park and extends north on Mechanic (Highway 71). Park along the route, bring a lawn chair to get comfortable and blankets to keep warm if it is a chilly evening.
friday, dec. 6
Christmas Classic Presented
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, complete with vintage commercials, live sound effects and musical underscoring. A handful of actors will bring dozens of characters to the Plaza Theatre stage as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. a charming take on a family favorite, will leave no one saying “Bah Humbug.” The play will be presented Dec. 6 - 16 with Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $15. The play is recommended for general audiences.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
Outdoor Live Nativity
Everyone is invited to come to the outdoor live nativity on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2103 N. Mechanic in El Campo. A Christmas program will be put on by the children called “His Name Is Jesus”. Bring a lawnchair, a jacket and your neighbor. If any questions, call 332-1163.
Annual Christmas Mall
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Christmas Mall Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the El Campo Civic Center. The indoor show will have craft and food booths both days. Door prize drawings will be every hour. For more information call 543-2713.
Blanket Drive Being Held For Elderly
Angel Home Health agency in Wharton is heading up a blanket drive for elderly clients in the Wharton County area. They will be accepting any size, color or type of blanket now through Friday, Dec. 13 at these locations in El Campo: Mid Coast Medical Clinic, 305 Sandy Corner Road; Professional Pharmacy, 1264 N. Mechanic, and Meridian Assisted Living, 3515 W. Loop.
Proper Disposal Of Flags
When a flag becomes worn or faded it is important to take it down and properly dispose of them. Flags can be brought into the American Legion, 2241 S 71 Hwy., in El Campo 3 - 7 p.m. Fridays during bingo sessions.
Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. The church is located at 810 Palacios in El Campo. For more information, call 541-7493.
Free Services Offered
The Mainstream Connection, a 501 c3 organization offers help with pantry assistance, counseling (domestic violence, marriage, family, child-youth, general), immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference letters, extreme and unusual hardship letters, residency applications/renewals, citizenship applications, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. To set up an appointment, call 832-831-1688.
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 email email@example.com.
Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo
The Heritage Center, 803 Fahrenthold, a non-profit organization, is open to men and women 50 and older for a $50 fee collected every January. The center, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offers use of exercise machines, “Silver Sneakers” chair exercise sessions, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons are held once a month.
Veterans Office Hours
The Wharton County Veteran’s Service Officer will be in the reference room of the El Campo library, 200 W. Church, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday and in the Frank Shannon building, 1017 North Alabama Road, Wharton, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Call 532-1311 before you come.
Have Questions About Medicare?
State Health Insurance Assistance Program Counselor Alex Rischan will be at the El Campo Branch Library every third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to offer advice and aid in making sense of Medicare. One-on-one counseling will be given at no cost to you.
CASA Seeks Volunteers
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to assist children in the El Campo area. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600 or visit https://casa-mw.org/.
Bingo Held At American Legion
El Campo American Legion hosts bingo games every Friday at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.
Free Legal Help Provided
Texas Legal Services Center is a nonprofit legal aid in the El Campo Branch of the Wharton County Library. The clinic is every third -Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit www.tlsc.org/familylawclinics to register in advance.
Leader-News Bulletin Board Listings
Bulletin Board is a community service to promote one-time events for nonprofit organizations. The Leader-News requests only one representative submit items with contact information. Items will be edited. Event submissions will run no more than four editions immediately prior to the event as space permits. Garage sale fund-raisers and raffles do not qualify. All items submitted must arrive no later than 3 p.m. Mondays for the Wednesday edition and 3 p.m. Thursdays for the Saturday edition. Digital submissions must be text that can be edited and pasted (no pdfs or fliers). Drop off or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. No voice mail submissions.