Helping Hands Dripping Springs


Project Elf is underway

Pioneer Bank employees Heather Cathey and Marie Wright stand by the Project Elf Tree in the Pioneer Bank lobby located at 100 Creek Rd. Lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF PIONEER BANK DRIPPING SPRINGS


The Helping Hands Elf Project, which provides Christmas gifts for area children, is fully underway.

To help out, find one of their many Christmas trees in the area. The Christmas tree is decorated with “mittens” that list a child’s Christmas gift request. “Project Elf is how Helping Hands got started 31 years ago,” Helping Hands volunteer Crystal Emmons said. “We help kids get 2 gifts that mom has requested, and then we make sure each kid gets at least one book and each family gets at least one board game. People who want to help us out with that can find our Christmas trees, decorated with little mittens, around Dripping. The mitten decorations have the name of a child and the gifts requested. We ask that the gifts be brought to us by the eleventh of December, because we then need to start getting the gift packages together for distribution.”

Project Elf is goal is to help 150 families this year, and plans to help with social services as well.


Helping Hands gets a hand from Oktoberfest Musikfest

Peggy McGinn, Lindy Ore, Jennifer Walker, Randy Ford (Homespun Owner), Lilyanna Ford, Calvin Edwards (Wagoner Tire), and Asher Leford. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO


Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Oktoberfest Musikfest organizers delivered 2,241 pounds of food to the Helping Hands food pantry. The food came form money raised by the Musikfest as well as in-kind donations generated by cover charges, usually in the form of canned food.

“That’s up from 1,114 pounds last year,” Randy Ford said. Ford is the organizer of Oktoberfest Musikfest as well as owner of Homespun Kitchen where the Musikfest was held. “This is the third year we’ve done this, and it just keeps getting bigger every year. We chose to support Dripping Springs Helping Hands because of the good they do and we wanted to support live music in our community as well. This year we also picked up more sponsors and that helped tremendously—like for example Calvin Edwards from Wagoner Tire down the street who is here helping us deliver the food today,” Ford said.

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