School Supplies

For Displaced

Students Needed

There is a need for school supplies for students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Supplies of folders, crayons, notebook paper, glue or other items can be droppred off at Hutchins Elementary, 1006 Roberts, through Friday, Sept. 15. If unable to drop them off, they can be picked up by calling 543-5481. Supplies will be distributed to students in Wharton County schools.

Free Blue Ribbons In Support

of Law Enforcement

Available At Newspaper

The El Campo Leader-News has blue ribbon for those wishing to show support of local law enforcement. The Wharton County 100 Club is sponsoring the effort. Come by the office, 203 E. Jackson, and pick up free ribbon today.


Post To Hold Meetings

American Legion Post 251 and Auxiliary Unit 251 will hold their executive meetings Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

Relay for Life Team Hosts Fundraiser

A Relay for Life Fundraiser will be held at Casa Hernandez. It will be drive through only and hosted from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Enchilada plates are $8 each. For tickets, call Elma at 543-6771, Terri at 543-7067 or Carmen at 543-2500.

Knights of Columbus Host Blood Drive

El Campo Community Blood Drive will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus-2490 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the KC Hall. The first 60 donors will get a Showplace 3 Cinema pass and all donors that make a successful donation will receive a pair of type matters socks. Contact Richard Raun for more information at 979-541-3775.


Post To Hold General Meeting Sept. 19

American Legion Post 251 and the Auxiliary Unit 251 will hold their general meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.


Project Grad Seniors Host Meal

El Campo High School Class of 2018 will hold a Project Graduation fried chicken dinner at the Columbus Club in El Campo, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Tickets can be purchased by calling Tana Martin, 541-9908. Plates can be purchased that day as well. The meal is drive-thru only.


ARC Meeting Set For Sept. 18

The ARC meeting will be Monday Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church, 304 Oscar, in El Campo.


Crisis Center Having CFS Fundraiser

A chicken fried steak dinner benefiting the Crisis Centers of Matagorda and Wharton counties will be drive-thru only, $10 per plate, 5 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Mikeska’s Lunch Box, 218 Merchant. For tickets, call 541-5797 or go by the El Campo Crisis Center Resale Store, 116 E. First in El Campo. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.


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.

Chamber Accepting Vendors For Prairie Days

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications for Prairie Days Festival Saturday, Oct. 7 at Alamo Park. The festival welcomes food and craft vendors, along with vendors offering children’s activities. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office, 01 N. Mechanic. For information, call 543-2713.

CASA Seeks Volunteers

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to help. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600.

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

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.

Legion Hosts Friday Night Bingo

American Legion Post 251 hosts bingo on Fridays, with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.

Local Library Offers Free Programs

The El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church, is open six days a week: Monday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Programs include story time for children ages 3 - 5 at 10:15 a.m. each Tuesday and toddler time for those ages 6 months to age 3 at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. For more information about activities, call 543-2362.

Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo

The Heritage Center, a non-profit organization with a $50 membership fee, is open to men and women 50 and older. The center, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offers use of exercise machines, “Silver Sneakers” chair exercise sessions for those 63 years and older, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons are held once a month. The center is located at 803 Fahrenthold.

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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