With the whirlwind of end-of-the-year festivities developing, it’s possible to have missed the deadline to adopt an angel or donate to the toy drive. But there are still ways to lend a hand in a meaningful way and spread goodwill this season.
There are various good deeds Lewisville Texans can partake in — whether it’s supporting a family in need, providing for homeless animals or contributing to environment-conscious endeavors.
Here are a handful of ways to assist around the city:
Nonprofit Lovepacs is seeking donations and volunteers to help keep Lewisville ISD students from going hungry while away from school meals during winter break. The group is seeking volunteers to pick up an order from Aldi on Sunday at noon as well as some extra hands to pack the rest of the remaining meal boxes in the afternoon.
If not available Dec. 17, Lovepacs also requests volunteers the following Monday morning to aid in delivering to schools in LISD. Volunteers can sign up here.
Lovepacs anticipates feeding more than 1,000 children this holiday break. Lewisville Texans may also donate snacks, canned goods or handmade cards to Lovepacs to be distributed with the food boxes.
Refer to the Christmas wish list for acceptable donations and visit www.lovepacs.org/lewisville to see drop-off locations.
Lewisville-based Christian Community Action will also be accepting donations to give families through its Giving Tree program. From now until Dec. 23, CCA is collecting gift cards and age appropriate gifts for children up to 18 years old.
The Giving Tree at Music City Mall Lewisville is located in the food court and has tags with information regarding the children who will be receiving the gifts attached to it. Shoppers may take a tag and use the information to determine what unwrapped gift to bring back to the tree.
Another Giving Tree is also available at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. CCA serves 42 communities throughout Texas. Presents may be left at the Giving Trees from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Monetary donations can be made to the Salvation Army, which will provide holiday assistance and food to struggling families. To donate to a family in need with Salvation Army, go to give.salvationarmyusa.org.
By purchasing tickets to see the Damien Hill Holiday Experience, Lewisville Texans can assist others as well as enjoy a little festive entertainment. Tickets are $25 and part of the proceeds helps Love Thy Neighbor purchase shoes for school children.
The production will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 at the Greater Lewisville Community Theater. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 972-221-7469.
Antique Gallery of Lewisville is collecting donations for Lewisville Animal Services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Dec. 23. The shelter is seeking items such as paper towels, bleach, sturdy leashes, hard rubber toys for cats and dogs, soft treats, Walmart-brand kitty litter, canned pet food and dishwashing brushes.
Antique Gallery is in suite 128 at 1165 S. Stemmons Freeway.
Another — and free — way to help animals this season can be done by casting a vote. Animal welfare organization SPCA of Texas is competing for $2,500, the cash prize Guaranty Bank and Trust is giving away to the winning local charity of Guaranty Gives Back.
The SPCA of Texas has adopted out more than 5,500 animals, aided in more than 2,500 animal cruelty investigations and provided nearly 15,000 spays and neuters in 2016. Votes for the SPCA, or the charity of your choice, can be cast here.
Helping the environment
One small way to spread the holiday spirit is to turn your live Christmas tree into mulch once you’re done with it through Lewisville’s free tree recycling program. Doing so will reduce waste, extend the life of landfills and ultimately aid in beautifying the city’s yards and gardens.
Deposit tinsel-free trees at Lake Park near the soccer fields before or on Jan. 15. Don’t forget to bring your shovels and buckets to haul away mulch, available Dec. 26 to Jan. 30.
Generosity comes in more forms than one. How will you help those in need this winter?