Church holds 4th Thanksgiving Day Meal
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The members of St. Peter Lutheran Church are
working hard putting their talents together to offer a
Thanksgiving Day meal to those who find themselves alone
this holiday, or without the means to prepare a holiday
On Thursday, November 24, the church will open its doors at
11 a.m. and keep them open until 2 p.m.
St. Peter is located across from Pizza Hut at 130 Luther
Lane, Gun Barrel City.
“There are so many people in our lake area who don’t have
someone to share a Thanksgiving Day meal with,” chairwoman
Chris Hoffmeyer said. “Others lack the resources to prepare
one for themselves and their family.”
We welcome those who find themselves alone or in need to
join us for turkey and all the trimmings.
In addition to donations from church members, several
businesses in the area have volunteered food items. Many
will donate their time to make this 4th annual outreach to
the community a success.
Preparations to host 160 people are ongoing. All are
Christian Life Center joins FRC in toy
Applications taken through December 15
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–This week the Family Resource Center started
taking applications from those families and individuals who
are looking toward having a bleak Christmas.
This year, the FRC is partnering with the Christian Life
Center Church to collect donations of toys and gifts and
distribute them to families for wrapping and placing under
the tree before Christmas.
Walmart is also operating its Angel Tree in conjunction with
the two organizations.
Applications are being taken until Dec. 15, between the
hours of 10 a.m and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for
lake area children birth to 16 years of age.
“We want to help this community meet the needs of children
at Christmas time. There’s nothing worse that not being able
to give something to your kids at Christmas,” Pastor Barry
“That’s why we want to help. We’re givers not takers,” he
Of course members of his own church are making donations and
have volunteered to help do the shopping, fetching,
organizing and everything else involved in a project of this
“Our goal is to provide 500 (needy) children with a good
Christmas,” Boatright said. “We are happy to help the Family
Resource Center in this project.”
Boatright added that he knows there are also other generous
people in the area and he’s depending on them to help the
organizers reach their goal by bringing by gifts, monetary
donations, or taking on the task of “adopting” a child or
family for Christmas.
Adopting individuals may obtain a child’s name and wish list
from either the Family Resource Center or the church.
“We know we’re not alone (in wanting to give) and look
forward to having others join in this effort.”
Donation sites are set at several locations, including the
church at 2611 W. Main St.
Donations may also be dropped off at:
• the Family Resource Center
• Citizens State Bank branches and
• Reimers’ Jewelry in the Gun Barrel Village Shopping
Volunteer shoppers will also be called upon between Dec. 15
and the 19th to fill out missing items. Anyone who wishes to
help in this effort may call project coordinator Amanda
Larry at (903) 887-5429.
This is Amanda’s 13th year, working with the church on its
annual toy drive. She’s done it since she turned 17 years
“I can’t imagine any child not having a gift on Christmas,”
Amanda said. “I get to see just how much this means to
others ... just seeing a smile on a parent’s face, who
wouldn’t have been able to do this on their own is worth it
to me” she said.
At the church on Dec. 20, Amanda will distribute the bounty
to those who applied.
The FRC is in contact with the other major gift-giving
organizations to insure that everyone gets taken care of
once, without cheating another needy person from getting the
help they might desperately need at Christmas.
Any name found to be applying to more than one organization
is tossed out, Boatright explained.
“The need is greater than ever before, but so are our
hearts,” he said.
Pet adoptions, microchips and vaccines
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and
the T Bar T ranch in Kaufman are holding a very special pet
adoption event this Saturday.
Dogs, cats, kittens and puppies will be looking for their
“forever homes” and hoping to meet up with someone who is
looking for their “next best friend.”
The T Bar T ranch is located on East U.S. Highway 175 in
Kaufman. For directions, call (972) 962-7677.
Volunteers from the shelter will be tending the animals and
helping with the adoption process from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A mobile veterinarian will also be on hand to offer low-cost
vaccinations for horses, dogs and cats.
A nominal adoption fee of $65 cats/kittens and $125
dogs/puppies includes spay/neuter, first series of vaccines,
worming, microchip, collar, ID tag, and if over 4 months
old, rabies vaccine.
You may bring your own dog or cat to be microchipped for a
Please call Lynn Ackerman at (214) 502- 6567 for more
information on adoptions.
Have you considered being a volunteer for your local Humane
Society, which is the animal shelter for Kaufman County?
Volunteers are always needed to care for the many animals
that find their way to the shelter each day, through owner
surrender, Animal Control and area law enforcement
A volunteer class has been started at the shelter to help
you learn about the shelter and care of these animals. You
can find out more about volunteering and other opportunities
to help support the Humane Society’s mission, promoting the
humane treatment of animals through care, education and
advocacy at www.hsccl.org,
or by contacting the shelter at (903) 432-3422.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at