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Giving Back in Katy: Charitable Groups Seek Donations and Volunteers


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

November 2, 2019

By Ali Litton and Katrina Katsarelis

Does your employer, club or friends group support a non-profit organization or charity? Consider the needs of Katy neighbors throughout the year, but especially now, as the holidays approach.

See how you can impact the lives of people in Katy through donations of food, clothes and personal care products, or give them hope by sharing your talents and other valuable skills.

Share Your Skills at the Krause Center

In 2018, 177 young women found a safe haven in the Krause Center, many arriving after experiencing severe abuse or neglect. These girls, between the ages of 12-17, stay an average of six to eight months. See how you can help enrich their lives through physical donations, or your time.

Krause Center

25722 Kingsland Boulevard

www.upbring.org/programs-and-services/childrens-centers/krause-childrens-center

How to Help:

Comfort Items and Comfort Foods

Donations for the “Point” Store: Young women at Krause earn points throughout the week by demonstrating responsibility and good behavior. They can use their points on stuffed animals, shampoos, conditioners, hair products, journals, blankets, snacks and other items at the Krause point store.

Provide a Meal: The center serves 80 people three times a day and accepts donations of commercially prepared foods like pizza, sandwiches and pancakes. They cannot accept homemade meals.

Donating Your Time

Spiritual Care Volunteers: Volunteers are encouraged to spend time with them to help grow their spiritual walk by leading a worship service, Bible study, devotion time or book study.

Hair Care Volunteers: Self-care is a very important lesson to teach the young women. Volunteers can teach them how to properly manage and maintain their type of hair style.

Musical Performance: The center welcomes all kinds of musicians to entertain the young women or help them tap into their own creative potential by teaching them how to sing or play a musical instrument.

Group Activities: Volunteers are invited to share crafts, sports, dance, theater, board games to provide social interaction for the young women.

Academic Tutors: Academics are a priority at Krause. Volunteers are needed to provide extra tutoring to students in math, English, science and/or social studies.

For information about volunteering at Krause, visit their website.

Donate a Turkey to Katy Christian Ministries

Katy Christian Ministries is seeking turkey and food donations to help stock their food pantry for the holiday season. They are asking the community for turkeys, hams, non-perishable food items, gift cards and personal care items to help our needy neighbors.

Last year, KCM was able to provide a holiday turkey/ham for 972 Food Pantry households, and they hope to exceed this for 2019.

In 2017, KCM Food Pantry distributed over 726K pounds of food to those in need. On an average day, KCM serves about 105 families, and on September 30, 2019 the number grew to 186 families.

Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry

5506 1st Street, Katy

ktcm.org/foodpantry

How to help: Drop off frozen turkeys/hams at the location above Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (around the back of the building).

Drop Food Items in Red Barrels at Katy Grocery Stores

Don’t have time to drop off at KCM's Food Pantry? You can also drop off food while you shop in any of Houston Food Bank’s Red Barrels at Katy-area Kroger’s, HEB, and Sprouts. The barrel donations also benefit the KCM Food Pantry, as donations are shared with local food pantries.

The Food Bank distributes 104 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year.

Houston Food Bank

535 Portwall Street, Houston

www.houstonfoodbank.org

How to help: Purchase pre-packaged food bags at Kroger's, HEB, and Sprouts and drop them in the red barrels on your way out.

Donate Clothes to Clothed By Faith

Clothed by Faith provides gently-used clothing to those in need and they are constantly seeking gently used clothing and shoes, plus new socks and underwear for all ages. While donations are requested year-round, their need is especially great right now to support their upcoming clothing giveaways: one during the Katy Thanksgiving Feast on November 28, as well as their annual Coat Giveaway in December.

Clothed by Faith

802 Dominion Drive, Suite 100, Katy

www.clothedbyfaith.org

How to help: Drop off new or gently used clothes and coats at the location above or in the Clothed by Faith donation box on the side of their facility.

Email volunteer@clothedbyfaith.org.

Donate at Various Katy Blood Drives

It's easy to give the gift of blood this holiday season. Just make appointment to donate at one of several Katy-area blood drive locations. Monty Ballard YMCA and Katy Church of Christ will have blood drives on November 11, and Bear Creek Baptist Church will be hosting one on November 12 to honor cancer survivor teen, Eden Green.

“The blood drive means so much to us!” shares Eden’s mom, Shannon Green. “Without blood donors, Eden would not be here today. Her blood type is different from my husband and I so we could not give her blood. Donors were vital to her survival.”

The process is very simple and doesn't take much time. You'll be screened on-site by a questionnaire and the blood center makes sure everything is comfortable and medically safe.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Bank

1400 La Concha Lane, Houston

www.giveblood.org

How to help: Find a Katy Blood Drive location here and set up an appointment time.

Monty Ballard YMCA, November 11 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Katy Church of Christ, November 11 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bear Creek Baptist Church, November 12 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Attend the Festival of Trees