December 5, 2019 | Volume 17 | Issue 12
Dear Friends,

During the holiday season I, like many of you, reflect on the year and take stock of everything in my life that I’m thankful for. One of the things that I have been particularly grateful for this year is kindness. In the hundreds of interactions I witness each week, between customers, clients, volunteers, donors and staff – there is so much caring demonstrated through smiles, conversation, empathetic listening and in warmly welcoming those who are visiting The Caring Place for the first time, and those who are here every day.

I see this kindness throughout our community in a measurable way at The Caring Place as well. Through October 2019, in quantifiable terms, this amazing community has enabled The Caring Place to care for our neighbors by assisting 4,360 individuals with basic human needs like housing, utilities, transportation and medical needs.  And, because of your generosity an average of 2,536 people a month received a 12-day supply of food this year. The total amount of quantifiable assistance provided this year to our neighbors, through October, exceeds $2.6 million! Thank you for all that you do to care for your neighbors. Your kindness matters!
 
Wishing you peace and joy during this holiday season,
Ginna O'Connor
The Caring Place
Executive Director

In the Blog: Business Owner Shares Her Story
Anyone can experience a financial crisis and Tommy Bailey knows firsthand. In late 2009, Tommy experienced a turn in life that would impact her in both a challenging and wonderful way. Her significant other lost his job, and they had an infant to care for. With the hopes of better opportunities, they moved from Burnet to Georgetown in January of 2010. Tommy says moving to Georgetown was the best decision she ever made, but a struggle came first. And, as Tommy shared, “You can’t know good without experiencing some bad.” However, she’s glad the bad now feels like a distant memory... Read More
Breakfast with Santa:
 Food Drive at George's on the Town
This will be the third year that George's on the Town will host "Breakfast with Santa" to benefit The Caring Place. On Saturday, December 14th, your family can have Breakfast with Santa simply by bringing a bag of nonperishable foods. Breakfast is included with your gift! The Caring Place is so proud of this giving tradition George's on the Town has brought to our community to encourage giving! RSVP with George's on the Town at 512-868-1706.
In the Food Pantry: Hunger Free Holidays
This is the last month of Hunger Free Holidays, and we need your help to reach our goal of collecting 300,000 pounds of food by December 31st. When you host Food Drives, you make sure the Food Pantry has incredible variety, and you provide us with things we can’t purchase in bulk. Did you also know due to our Platinum status at Central Texas Food Bank we receive great food prices on some of the most popular items? The next time you want to purchase a cart full at your local grocery store, but don't have the time, consider making a monetary donation, and let us do the buying. You won’t have to leave home or figure out how to unload all those cans. Make donations online at www.caringplacetx.org/donate .
Food Drives are in Full Swing!
Here are just a few of the amazing community members having Food Drives this season!
Tsuchiya Automotive Systems
Lions Club
Keller Williams: Judy Copple Team
Georgetown High School
How have your Food Drives and giving impacted the Food Pantry so far?
We are over half way to our Hunger Free Holiday's goal because of you! So far, we have collected 161,012 pounds of food in non-perishable donations or monetary donations. Thank you for continuing to give through the month of December!
Shopping at The Caring Place:
The Shops at The Caring Place & Second Helping
First of all, THANK YOU! You have already made our holiday season incredible. So many of you came to our holiday events at both stores in the month of November! We feel so special to be part of your shopping memories each year! And, if you still have decorating and gift buying to do, we'd love your business. The Caring Place's two thrift stores, both open to the public, support our mission to provide for the basic needs of all people in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. Because of our amazing shoppers, 100% of every monetary donation directly impacts your neighbors in need.
Where You Shop Matters...
When our shops don't have what you need, try our ebay store , or make your purchases using Amazon Smile , just select The Caring Place!
Want more info on AmazonSmile since you are doing holiday gift buying? Watch our video below, sharing how you can start Shopping for Good with Amazon!
P.S. Don't forget to follow us in Facebook to learn about surprise store sales!

Reminder: The Caring Place is closed December 24th, 25th & January 1st for the holidays. We wish you a joyful season!
Board Meeting
Monday, December 16, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue

Membership Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 28, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue
(Refreshments at 3:00 p.m.)
The Caring Place Mission:
To provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.
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Purchases in our thrift stores, 
Second Helping and The Shops at The Caring Place, help The Caring Place realize its mission to assist our neighbors in need.
Thank you for your support!