August 2019   

- A Message from Marjorie Vaneskahian Burr, ACO CEO- 

As we wrap up ACO's summertime campaign, GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE, I want to remind you that your donations are still needed, now and throughout the year. What you give today has a lasting impact on Collin County families...and here's why...

Last week ACO held it's annual Back To School Bash for Allen ISD students in need, and students throughout Collin County that needed help preparing for the new school year. Almost 500 Allen area children received new supplies and backpacks, and another 300 in the Branch/Princeton area.

During Distribution Day a mom came up to me with her head down and said,  "I am embarrassed that we (she and her 3 young kids) had to come today and need help, but I am so grateful and thankful that you are here."

I saw the tears in her eyes and it tugged at my heart. I smiled and said,  "Don't be embarrassed! Just be thankful that we can do this and be grateful you live in a giving community. The only embarrassment is to those communities who don't help each other!"

Your community is grateful for YOU and what you give! We had 2 shortages this month to meet the needs of our summer kids food program and our school supplies drive. We asked for help with Spaghettios and Backpacks, and this community delivered! You Give! And, ACO is thankful!

An important event is coming next month and I hope you will be there, to celebrate our community with outgoing Mayor Steve Terrell and a few hundred of our closest friends and ACO supporters. Read more about it in this enews and online at Tickets are going fast- grab yours today!

- Upcoming Events -
A night to party and celebrate, dance and sing, jump and shout, eat and drink...and change lives!
--Dance and sing to the smooth sounds of APRIL FIRST, and their eclectic mix of Blues, Country and Rock.
--Eat and Drink- Small Bites, Open Beer and Wine Bar, Cash Liquor Bar.
--Jump and Shout to the music of an era that included bell bottoms and lava lamps, our favorites live with our headliner, THAT 70's BAND!
--Wind down to a Late Night Full Breakfast Buffet  and Relax.
--Leave knowing that you've helped change lives in our community by supporting ACO's Mission to help prevent hunger and homelessness!
A limited number of tickets remain, so purchase your's today. Wear your party clothes and dancing shoes!
Individual tickets/ $125
Reserved tables of 10/ $1500
Sponsor levels available. Click Below to Register/ More info...

- Volunteer Highlights  -
A big thank you to 
Leadership Allen Fairview  Class 30 for choosing  ACO  as your class project this year. Your help to enhance the front lobby and create a warm welcome for our clients when they arrive has been truly appreciated by our staff and clients. 
School Supply Drive-

A big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to collect, unload, sort, organize, and support our staff to make this year's Fill the Bus a HUGE success!

- Special Programs  -
Back to School Bash- 
Thanks to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers, ACO collected new school supplies for 440 Allen ISD students in need.

Sponsored by:
ACO, First United Methodist Church Allen, Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce,
Allen ISD.

- Branch School Supplies and Backpack 
Distribution -

ACO Staff, Volunteers and Branch Firefighters distributed 304 Backpacks filled with new school supplies to Princeton ISD students to prepare them for their new school year. Thanks to all who worked hard in the heat to make sure that everyone was taken care of!

- ACO Kids Summer Food Program -   

Thank you to the Allen Rotary Club and the entire community for the  Spaghettios Collection  for our Kids Summer Food Program. 

- Resale News -

- ACO Donation Processing Center has moved -   

You can help by donating your gently used unwanted items, including clothes, shoes, home decor and furniture. Drive through our new location at
2 Butler Drive in Allen.

All donations and proceeds benefit our mission to help members of our communities who are facing hunger and homelessness and improve their quality of life.


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