Bowie Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for South Texas at their office, 201 Walnut Street, Bowie. Supplies needed: Condensed milk, diapers (all sizes from infant to adult), pet foods, water filters, non-perishable foods, bottled water, clothes, towels, toiletries (female items too), bedding, baby supplies, bleach, gloves, cleaning supplies, socks, shoes. Will be accepting supplies until Wednesday (08/30) afternoon.
There is a truck leaving Amarillo on Wednesday (08/30) night that will stop in Childress to pick up donations. Childress Regional Medical Center, 901 US-83, will use a corner of the front lobby to collect supplies. Requested items: Blankets, towels, toiletries, baby diapers, baby formula, women's sanitary items, any kind of food (water, snacks, candy, beans, rice, etc.), first aid supplies, toys/games, and pet food.
WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital of Lockney is sponsoring a supply drive. Accepting: baby items, water, and CANNED FOOD ITEMS, sheets, towels, clean clothes (bagged or boxed and labeled with gender and size), bug spray, school supplies and whatever else you can offer. Drop off at the following locations in Floydada: First National Bank, Payne Pharmacy, Lighthouse Electric, Lowes, Floydada ISD Secretary and Superintendent's Offices.
Pettit Machinery, 1710 US-82, Gainesville. Items needed: diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, feminine hygiene products and nonperishable food and drinks, including baby food. The only clothing items that are needed at this time are packs of underwear and socks.
Donations being accepted at 1407 Crescent Drive or at Quality Carpets at 932 4th Street, Graham. They will be collecting through Saturday (09/02). Items in need: water, non-perishable foods, wipes, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, soaps, trash bags, toiletries, feminine products.
Young County Sheriff's Office, 315 N Cliff Dr, Graham, is collecting toiletries, non-perishable food, and clothing.
Bake Sale, Silent Auction, Cash donations, Items such as personal hygiene items, baby items, non-perishable can goods, clothing, shoes, paper towels, toilet tissue, dry dog food, dry cat food, cattle cubes, oats, hay, Baby wipes, Chapstick, Granola or Protein Bars, First Aid Supplies, chain saws, generators, battery powered drills, screwdrivers, batteries, flashlights, etc. Friday, September 1 from 11:00 AM until done. Have your items there between 10-10:30 AM. It will be on the West side of the Courthouse, 100 North Main Street, Jacksboro.
WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a supply drive. Accepting: baby items, water, and CANNED FOOD ITEMS, sheets, towels, clean clothes (bagged or boxed and labeled with gender and size), bug spray, school supplies and whatever else you can offer. Drop off at the following locations in Lockney: WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital, Happy State Bank, Lockney ISD Secretary & Superintendent Office, Davis Lumber, Lockney Co-Op, D&J Gin, Salvation Army, and Lowes. They will also have a semi parked in front of the hospital, 320 N Main St, Lockney, on Friday (09/01) & Saturday (09/02) during business hours to collect donations.
Drop off supplies at the Extension Office in Montague Courthouse, 8 am-12 and 1-5 pm during the week. Montague County Cowboy Church in Montague, Thursday-Sunday 8:30 am to 12 noon. Montague School District, during school hours. Basic needs include: diapers (all sizes), baby formula, baby wipes (NOT Clorox wipes), adults' and children's socks (NEW), men's/women's/children's underwear (NEW), toiletries (full or travel size soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), feminine hygiene products. NO FOOD AT THIS TIME.
The First Baptist Church of Nocona, 511 Cooke Street, is collecting the following items to be delivered to Dallas-area shelters that are housing Houston-area evacuees: diapers (all sizes), baby formula, baby wipes (NOT Clorox wipes), adults' and children's socks (NEW), men's/women's/children's underwear (NEW), toiletries (full or travel size soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), and feminine hygiene products. NO FOOD ITEMS PLEASE
Donations may be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall (double doors under the covered entrance at the south end of the building). Please place items in appropriate buckets. Doors will remain open from 8am-8pm.
Salvation Army has donation boxes set up in front of the Post Public Library, 105 East Main Street, Post. No additional details at this time.
Turkey Volunteer Fire Department & EMS is collecting donations. If you would like to drop off a donation, please message their FB page or call/text 806-402-0120 or 806-402-0617. Need the following items: Diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, Trash bags and ziplock baggies, Gloves, bandaids, peroxide and alcohol, bandaids, gauze, med tape, Contact cases, contact solution, Feminine hygiene products, Toilet paper and paper towels, Paper plates and plastic silverware, Soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, basic toiletries, Tylenol, Motrin, Immodium, Pepto… basic over-the-counter meds, Kids liquid medications: Tylenol and Motrin, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, etc., Carpentry tools and supplies, Gas cans, Non-perishable food items, especially jerky, granola bars, dried fruit, Canned goods, Pet food, Mosquito Spray, sunscreen, Cleaning supplies, like bleach, disinfecting wipes, soaps, NO GLASS JARS, PLEASE. At this time, people are being asked to hold off on clothing and furniture donations.
Vernon Auto Group, 2803 Wilbarger Street, Vernon, is taking donations for: gently used or new clothing items with a priority on children, underwear, socks, shoes, baby formula, baby bottles, baby diapers, baby wipes, non-perishable foods, toiletries, and bottled water. Taking deliveries between 8:00 am-5:00 pm through Friday, (08/01).
First Baptist Church Wheeler is collecting relief items to take to FBC Orange Grove, TX for distribution to small towns. Items: water, can openers, square shovels, flashlights, generators, extension cords, diapers/wipes/formula, socks, new shoes, mosquito repellent/nets, rubber boots, blister bandaids, canned goods, toiletries, batteries, heavy duty trash bags, gas cans, antibiotic cream, towels, new bedding, chainsaws, athletes foot powder, band aids, gloves. 826-5223 or 216-0717 if you need more info.
Austin, TX-- This week, Governor Abbott officially recognized Rep. Drew Springer to re-introduce his legislation in the special session to prohibit local and state governments from providing taxpayer funds to abortion providers. This legislation, originally filed in the regular 85th Session as HB 1936, closes the local loophole indefinitely and will prevent cities and the state from funding any organizations that perform abortion services with taxpayer dollars.
State funding for abortion providers was voluntarily withdrawn from the state budget in 2013, however, there is no legal boundary to prevent local governmental entities from contributing to abortion services in the future. Currently, cities such as Austin purchase or build multi-million dollar buildings with taxpayer money then lease them out at little to no cost to organizations such as Planned Parenthood
"We have a responsibility to defend the lives of those that cannot speak for themselves," said Rep. Springer. "Removing taxpayer dollars from abortion providers is a major step in ensuring that we can protect the sanctity of life and end abortion practices once and for all. I am proud to take the lead on this issue in the Texas House."
This bill is a critical component of Governor's Abbott's LIFE Initiative and is 1 of only 20 items listed by the governor for the special session. Sen. Charles Schwertner will sponsor this bill in the Texas Senate.
Rep. Springer encourages anyone with questions or concerns about this bill to contact him directly at District68.Springer@house.texas.gov.
Austin, TX-- Today, Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting that the special session call be expanded to address funding for small, rural school districts. As a representative of 22 rural counties in north and west Texas, Rep. Springer is well-aware of the devastating effects that the funding shortfall will have on small school districts and has stressed the need to continue funding for these schools. The letter was also signed by Rep. Ken King, Rep. Dustin Burrows, Rep. Poncho Nevarez, and Rep. Ryan Guillen.
When asked about his letter the representative responded, "The reality of the situation is that with the loss of funding several of our small, rural school districts are being forced to close their doors or provide a lesser quality of education than the majority of other schools around the state. A few of these districts serve an entire county and it is impractical to force them to close, only to bus those students over an hour away to another ISD in another county. We owe it to the children of Texas to ensure that these schools stay open and that the state doesn't overlook our rural communities."
This past session, both the House and the Senate offered legislative fixes to compensate for the expiration of Additional State Aid for Tax Relief (ASATR) funding for public education (effective September 1, 2017). Unfortunately, due to differences between chambers the legislature was unable to pass these measures. This ultimately sends small school districts, especially those that are the only providers of public education for a county, barreling toward a fiscal cliff. Currently, in Texas, there are twelve school districts that are the only district operating a campus in an entire county, eight of which will experience cuts from four percent to as much as forty-three percent in their Maintenance & Operation (M&O) revenue per average daily attendance.
Rep. Springer is hopeful that these schools can be helped in the Special Session beginning July 18th and encourages any constituents of HD 68 with questions or concerns to contact him directly at District68.Springer@house.texas.gov.