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Get into giving in the New Year

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Wilson County News
January 11, 2012 | 2,336 views | Post a comment

Resolve to donate, support local groups

It’s a new year, and for many, that means turning over a new leaf. Maybe your resolution for this year is to be more involved in community activities, or to support a local organization by volunteering, or perhaps to donate time or funds to a good cause.

Throughout 2011, the Wilson County News ran a feature series, “A Year of Giving,” highlighting organizations doing good work or offering services to meet needs in the Wilson County News readership area.

If you’re committed to volunteering or helping in the community, this list of featured organizations may help you keep your resolution.

•Kash for Kids raises funds to support Wilson County Junior Livestock Show participants. Contact Gerald Eckel at 830-484-3314 or John Yow at 210-380-6929, or send donations to Kash for Kids, P.O. Box 16, Poth, TX 78147.

•Women’s Service Organization (WSO) hosts the Power of Pink 5K Walk/Run Saturday, March 3, to raise funds for the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Gaylyn Penlerick at 830-477-9700.

•Wilson County Spay/Neuter Group helps no/low income families spay/neuter their pets, among other good works. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Eli Bryan at 210-382-2167 or send donations to P.O. Box 71, La Vernia, TX 78121.

•Floresville Police Officers Association offers scholarships, hosts a Blue Santa gift program, and performs other community works. Contact Sgt. Daria Fowler at 830-393-4055.

•Project Graduation provides a safe graduation celebration for seniors in Floresville, Poth, and Stockdale. Contact the high schools in these communities for the local contact.

•Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Santa program provides food baskets and gifts for area families in need for Christmas. Gifts for children of all ages, nonperishable food items, and monetary donations are welcome. Call Sharon Moy at 830-393-2535 to volunteer or donate.

•American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Wilson County raises awareness and funds for the society to help cancer victims, their families, and caregivers. This year’s event will be Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, in Poth. Teams, volunteers, and sponsors are welcome. The kick-off event is Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Floresville Event Center. Contact Lori Marroquin at 940-867-7390 or

•The East Central School Foundation raises funds to develop and expand educational opportunities for students. The foundation hosts a gala in the spring. Call 210-648-7861, ext. 179, for more information.

•The Sara Strey Memorial Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to area graduating seniors. Funds and donations for the fund-raiser, which includes a silent auction, are welcome. For more information, visit

•The Wilson County News’ Newspapers In Education program contributes to literacy by placing newspapers in the hands of area students. A golf tournament is the primary fund-raiser, set for Saturday, March 31, in Floresville. Call Pam Smith at 830-216-4519 for information.

More organizations will be reviewed in coming issues of the Wilson County News.

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