Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cedar Hill Fire Department Gives Thanks

The Cedar Hill Fire Department has reached out to make sure their community has reason to give thanks. Certainly the 13 families they provided a complete Thanksgiving Dinner to have reason to be thankful. Every citizen in the city of Cedar Hill should be equally as thankful for  the service and time these people do daily. They not only put their lives "on the line" daily for us, but they are constantly looking out for ways to take care of us.
Thank you, Cedar Hill Fire Department.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Triniity Church and School Provide Love

Thank you one and all Trinity Church and School members, staff and students for again giving your Cedar Hill neighbors that are having a hard time making ends meet a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
Saturday, Nov. 14 these wonderful people took over the parking lot of Cedar Hill Food Pantry and made 285 Thanksgiving meal bags. They had enough extra items they could have made 400 bags, but I asked them to allow us to re-stock the shelves with the extra. They also made a sizable cash donation to help re-stock.
Monday Nov. 16 there were 30 families on the porch when the doors opened at 1:00 waiting to receive their "regular weekly food" plus a complete Thanksgiving meal. 
Before the three hour shift was over 62 families received food.
We are not through yet.
Wed. Nov. 18 1:00-4:00, Friday, Nov 20 9:00-noon and Sat., Nov. 21 10:00-1:00
the other 200 families will be in to receive their weekly food and Thanksgiving.
The Pantry will be closed the week of Thanksgiving to allow staff and volunteers time to be with their families.
None of this could happen without the generous donations of money, food and time of volunteers. 
It takes over 30 volunteers hours to stock shelves, make units and distribute.
Without these generous people  we literally could not open our doors. 
I wish I could say Thanksgiving and Christmas is a one time occasion. 
The Food Pantry feeds approximately 275 families every week 12 months a year. 
The First Baptist Church Cedar Hill has committed to provide meal bags for Christmas that will be distributed Dec. 14-19.

We would like to give a big thank you to the Cedar Hill Fire Department and Hillcrest Baptist Church for providing Thanksgiving meals for 16 families that were not registered by the cut off date of Nov. 1
Cedar Hill is such an amazing city. There is truly none other like it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sharing Good News in November

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, we are reminded of how grateful we are for the many blessings we receive at the Food Pantry and New 2 You Thrift Store. We are thankful for the caring and generous volunteers and donors who everyday give tirelessly of their time and resources to make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate in our community. The Food Pantry and New 2 You stand as beacons of hope for the needy among us. Our mission is to help those in need in Cedar Hill. On November 14, 2015 members of Trinity Church and School will convene on the Food Pantry parking lot to put together Thanksgiving Dinner bags complete with turkey and all the "fixings" for 200 of our 275 families. The CH Fire Department and Hill Crest Church have committed to help feed the other 75 families. All 275 families will be receiving their "Regular weekly allotment of food " plus the Thanksgiving meal. Distribution is scheduled Nov. 16,18, 20 and 21 during regular distribution hours. The Pantry will be closed the week of Thanksgiving to allow staff and volunteers to be with their families.

Joining us in efforts to strengthen, improve and increase our services is the newly formed Cedar Hill Shares Faith Council. I am pleased that at the Council's first meeting on October 29, 2015 representatives from 7 different faith-based denominations convened and discussed concrete ways to better assist and serve the growing efforts of the Pantry and Thrift Store. The Council will spread the good news about services and programs offered by Cedar Hill Shares. In addition to "spreading the word" the Council will seek to provide volunteer services and will solicit and identify potential "big" donors to sponsor our capital building project.

                                             What's New at New 2 You

Sandy Eddy, Store Manager at New 2 You is excited and pleased to announce that the store will be "decked out" in Christmas decorations on November 17, 2015. So everyone is invited to stop by and take a peek.
By-the-way, all orange tagged clothing items and flower arrangements are on sale now - just in time for early Christmas shopping!
If you are not in the market for clothes or flowers, you can check out the furniture. The Thrift Store is the perfect place to find that "hard to find" table or chair --- come on by -- the Welcome Mat is always out! It could also be on sale.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Seven Denominations Help C H Shares

So excited! We had representatives from 7 different denominations at the first Cedar Hill Shares Faith Council meeting tonight! The council is being formed to: 

(1) Help get the word out about what all Cedar Hill Shares offers - Not just food, although we serve over 250 individual families. We help with TXU Energy Aid, water bills, assist with providing SNAP, Medicaid and other services. We are a drop off for Meals on Wheels. We open opportunities for school and court appointed community service volunteers to fulfill their needed volunteer hours.
The Thrift Store gives the community a great place to recycle used clothing, furniture and household items. These items are then sold at very reasonable prices which benefits our neighbors with limited means. Teaches young community service students employment skills and allows them to complete required service hours. The net proceeds from the sale of items comes back to the Food Pantry to support the programs.
(2) Help churches support CH Shares with monies --every $ = 3 meals and food items
(3) Help provide labor support thru volunteers at the Food Pantry and Thrift Store.
(4) Help find potential big donors to sponsor the building of our new building
Can't wait to see the results these churches get when they go back to their congregations and tell our story.
Thank you one and all for caring enough about your neighbors to make a difference. It's all about neighbors helping neighbors.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Make A Difference in A Life

September 2015

Cedar Hill Shares may be a new name but it includes two well established local endeavors, The Cedar Hill Food Pantry and The New 2 You Thrift Store. The new name speaks to our mission of a community wide effort to help those in need.

This year we are again participating in North Texas Giving Day on September 17th. This is a one day event seeking online donations to benefit North Texas Charities. There is nothing to buy, no gala to go to just get up on September 17th, go on line and give using your debit or credit card. Gifts of $25 or more are eligible for bonus funds which just leverages your gift.  The web address for giving is  .

Currently over 2,000 individuals in Cedar Hill rely on our Food Pantry for food. These neighbors make over 17,000 visits a year to the Pantry.

North Texas Giving Day has become an important fund raiser for Cedar Hill Shares. Last year we collected over $17,000 and we need to do even better in 2015. Please mark September 17th on your calendar and help us make this a successful day.

Larry Horner                                                   Gene Sims                                      Sandy Eddy
Chief Executive Office                                   Executive Director                      Manager
                                                                             Food Pantry                                  New 2 You Thrift Store

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Takes a lot to feed a kid

If you are like me and it has been a while since my kids left home you might be surprised what happens when kids are out of school. They eat, sleep, eat, watch TV eat, play video games and eat. Do you realize how much food one kid can pack away when they are home all day? A LOT! This is what our parents have been facing the past two months while school is out. Even with help from Cedar Hill Shares Food Pantry parents have been struggling.

Thankfully, at least for parents, school will be starting soon and the families can take advantage of the free/reduced breakfast and lunch program. In CHISD 60% of all students are on this program. Unfortunately, for those who are not on the program, they might not even have one nutritious meal a day. It is hard to believe that 8,000 individuals in Cedar Hill are food insecure with half of these living in poverty.

We all see pictures of starving, unwashed kids in foreign countries and we cry for them. There are kids right here in Cedar Hill that are in the same circumstances. Thank you to all the individuals, clubs, schools, businesses that donate daily. Without what they donate and the items donated by Kroger, Target, Walmart and Sprouts our families would not have the variety of food and produce they do. We pick up from these businesses five days a week.

One of the latest donations came from the Cedar Hill Rotary Club . They work all year to get their Head For The Hills Bike Rally set up. A big portion of their proceeds go to various service organizations in Cedar Hill. On August 10 they gave checks to 20 organizations totaling $18,000.
Cedar Hill Shares was the proud precipitant of $2,000. Thank you Rotary for all your Service Above Self.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mission Cedar Hill Feeds Families

Thanks to Mission Cedar Hill the Pantry is stocked with much needed food. Thirteen volunteers worked all day in the hot weather sorting, transporting and stocking approximately 5,000 items of food from storage to the Pantry. The sad part is the food had been donated, but we didn't have the personnel to sort and transport. The good news is Daniel Foster, Youth Director of High Point Baptist Church called and asked how his group could help. What a blessing!

Friday, March 20, 2015

More FLAIR in Fashion with Flair

You are invited to attend this year’s Fashion with Flair Luncheon and Style Show, April 9, 2015. The City of Cedar Hill has graciously donated the use of the Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center, 310 E. Parkerville Rd,  Cedar Hill. The fun will start at 11:30 with an enticing filled silent auction. A scrumptious luncheon will be served with entertainment by the CHHS Choir.  Sixteen local individuals will “strut their stuff” in stunning outfits previously donated to New2You Thrift Store. You will be amazed by the glamour and style New 2 You has to offer at unheard of reasonable prices.
If you have attended Fashion with Flair Luncheon & Style Show in the past you know that we will have lots of fun. This is an event we started ten years ago to bring attention to the quality merchandise New2You Thrift Store offers. This is our one big fund raising event each year. The proceeds from this event helps our organization provide food and funds additional programs that give a “hand up” to those amongst us most in need. Local members of the community will be modeling outfits they have chosen from New 2 You. This year, thanks to the Staubach family, Rodger Staubach , his wife Marianne,  and their daughter Michelle Staubach Grimes there is going to be more Flair in the event. Rodger has donated an autographed football signed by him and five of his Cowboy team mates. There is a letter stating they are authentic autographs. Marianne donated many of the dresses being worn by our models and Michelle Staubach Grimes has donated a copy of her new children’s book Pidge which has recently been featured on Channel 11.  Pidge is the nickname Marianne had as a child. The book focuses on the need of a middle child to be OK being their self.  The book is autographed by both Michelle and her mother Marianne.
Both the football and Pidge will be in a live auction.
Tickets are available at the Food Pantry and at the New 2 You Thrift Store.