Groups welcome donations to help spread holiday cheer


As Christmas gets closer each day, businesses and organizations around Kilgore are working together to bring cheer to children this holiday, and there is no shortage of ways to give.

Donations are going to Kilgore Lions Club, Kilgore Boys and Girls Club and Rahab’s Retreat, who are all helping families and children in the community.

As it has in the past, the Kilgore Police Department will collect toys and monetary donations through Dec. 15 for the Kilgore Lions Club. Each year the Lions Club works with Kilgore ISD schools to get names of students and families who they can help during the holiday season with food, clothes and toys.

All donations to KPD can be dropped off at the KPD front office at 909 N. Kilgore Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact KPD at 903-983-1559.

This year, Avalon Faire has joined KPD to collect toys to donate to the Lions Club as well through Dec. 15. All unwrapped, new toys can be dropped off at Avalon Faire’s site at 1076 FM 1252 W or at 886 Steele Road in Kilgore. Donations will be accepted Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Adi DiShion at 903-985-0165.

The Back Porch is collecting toys through Dec. 13 to benefit members of the Rusk County Boys and Girls Club – Kilgore Unit.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the restaurant at 902 Broadway Boulevard in Kilgore during operating hours. For more information, contact Lindsey Hammontree at 903-984-8141.

In addition to collecting toys for the Boys and Girls Club students, The Back Porch will also be collecting cold-weather clothes, including scarves, hats, coats and gloves, for the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview. This collection will be done specifically during Thursday’s Storytime, Cookies and Coloring with Santa event scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the restaurant.

The Kilgore Men of Alliance is collecting toys, clothing, money and daily needs to benefit the women at Rahab’s Retreat on Stone Road. The group will be collecting the items through Dec. 15.

Needed items include non-perishable food items, coffee, coffee creamer, tea bags, sugar, milk, cheese, trash and re-sealable zipper baggies, instant potatoes, butter, cooking oil, non-stick spray, salt, pepper, seasonings, condiments, salad dressings, pasta, alfredo sauce, rice, macaroni and cheese, onions, pancake mix, syrup, canned chicken, soup, beef and chicken bouillon cubes, all-purpose and self-rising flour, chili, tissues, paper plates, plastic ware, paper towels, plastic cups, diapers and tampons and panty liners. People are also welcome to donate $50 gift cards for the women to allow them to purchase what they need individually.

For more information or to find out where to donate items, contact Victor Boyd at 903-576-5313.


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