Happy Holidays!

The Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation has decided to revive its monthly newsletter, the FDCDC VOICE, your connection to the FDCDC. We believe that it is imperative that we communicate, collaborate, and create in order to realize our mission. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter.

I hope you and your family are staying warm as the winter approaches. Remember to follow the new CDC COVID-19 guidelines if you choose to travel this season and stay safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Anita Starling
First Vice-President
Continuing The Legacy Of Service

We are now accepting donations for families who cannot afford toys for their children during the Christmas Holidays. Children dream about the wonderful gifts they will find under the tree on Christmas morning! To help make some dreams come true, the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation(FDCDC) and Fred Douglass Alumni Association (FDAA) are sponsoring 30 children through the Jacksonville Children's Christmas Tree program. This community program is in its 35th year and plans to serve over 180 children this year. Please help us make the joy of the season flow all the way down to the youngest among us. No amount of donation is too small.
Beginning November 2021, the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation will began accepting nominations for our community servant of the year award. These will be individuals who were active in the Jacksonville community throughout 2021, and who have supported the FDCDC financially and/or through volunteering. Spread the word and keep your eyes open for the community servant of the year!
Thanksgiving Baskets Outreach
Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation, under the leadership of Willie J. Howard, collaborated with two Jacksonville organizations, People's Church and The Clothes Closet, to finance and distribute baskets during the 2020 Thanksgiving Basket Outreach. This was the third year for Pastor John Atkinson and the congregation of People's Church to team up with Mickey Gear, Clothes Closet Director, to provide Thanksgiving baskets to Jacksonville residents. It was the first year that FDCDC joined the efforts. Seventy-five baskets were prepared. Baskets were prepared and distributed as follows: 1-2 family members; 3-5 family members; and 6 and more family members. All baskets contained fixings for a full Thanksgiving meal...ingredients for dressing, side dishes, rolls, dessert, powdered drink mix, and chicken (1-2 family members) or turkey (3 and up family members), along with a Bible. As recipients arrived to receive their baskets, representatives were there to pray with them and assist getting the baskets to residents' homes in some instances. FDCDC provided funding for 20 baskets and assisted with distribution on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
We want to thank the FDCDC and FDAA members who supported this outreach! We would like to also extend a special thank you to Tracey Wallace and her team members; Sandra Thompson and Virginia Brown for their great work on this project!

Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation
P.O. Box 8194
Jacksonville, Texas 75766
(832) 622-4015
Please be reminded that the FDCDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you in advance for your contribution and God Bless you and your family!