On December 6, 2009, Houston will celebrate the 29th year of helping our neighbors through our annual clothing, toy, and food drive. Clothing, house wares, food, and toys will go to the Star of Hope. This is the 10th year that the Houston CPA Society has participated in this event. Temple Sinai Men’s Club has been a sponsor now for the last five. The Houston FPA Society has been a participant for the fifth year. For past 28 years, B’nai B’rith has sponsored this program. For 4 years, Bellaire ROTC has helped load the truck in the morning.
Over the past 28 years, this program headed by Ed Gardner, CPA CFP®, PFS has benefited over 231,000 needy Houstonians. Gardner stated “This is due to the community generosity of wanting to help those less fortunate”. Like clockwork, the first Sunday in December every year Gardner makes sure that this project is run smoothly. The items are collected at the Jewish Community Center at 5601 South Braeswood on Sunday December 6, 2009. Collection will be from 7 am to sundown. Please mark this date on your calendar.
As you go through your closets and pantries, remember what your donations will mean to those who will appreciate what you have to give. For those of us who are fortunate enough to not have to worry where we sleep tonight or whether we will have a meal tomorrow, programs such as this may escape our attention. But for those who do have these issues to deal with on a daily basis, this program is very important. This means food on a day when a family may not be able to eat, good clothes for children that do not have the opportunity to go shopping each new school year, a new suit for a dad or mom who needs to look for a job, toys for those children at a time of year when they would ordinarily go without , and sheets to sleep on and blankets to sleep under when the climate is most inhospitable.
All you need to do is box and bag dry staple food items, clean usable clothing, toys and other household items that you no longer need, put them in your car, and drive them to the collection site. You don’t even have to get out of your car. This is such a simple way to help someone in need, and your donations are tax-deductible.
If you wish to volunteer, give Ed Gardner a call at 713-629-1040. We need help with individuals collecting items from donor car and putting items in trailer. A 2 hour shift could go a long way in helping those less fortunate.