Content provided by Kylee Peterson, HCCCF Board President

Our mission is to provide for the immediate economic, physical, educational and emotional needs of children in Hood County.

On a cold, wintry morning in 1984, a Granbury mother noticed several children walking from the school bus to begin class, not in warm coats and scarves, but dressed as though it were a warm, sunny day. After she delivered her child to Emma Robertson Elementary School, Paula Evans drove to her job as a secretary at the local Coldwell-Banker real estate office. Deeply bothered by the idea of coatless children wearing sandals, she spoke to others in the office, including Carol Grossnickle and Donna Parker. Together, they phoned friends in other offices and in the community. Joined by others in the office, they began a funding campaign that raised $1,000 in just 24 hours! Working with the school nurse, Martha Garner, they soon provided coats for the students in need.

This story does not stop here. Dedicated people in the real estate community, once
made aware of the critical situation of many Granbury students, continued to raise funds for various unmet needs, including medical and dental emergencies, urgent utility bills, as well as Christmas gifts. Because there were no children’s charity or organizations like United Way in the county, the group realized there was a huge need for assisting children that was untapped.

In the spring of 1985, the first Hood County Children’s Charity Fund Duffer’s Delight Golf Tournament was born. Held for the first few years at the public golf course, the annual tournament moved to DeCordova Bend Golf Course where it continues today. Celebrating its 34th year in May 2019, it remains a fun-packed experience for everyone, as well as HCCCF’s primary fundraising activity.

Over the years, HCCCF has developed more effective methods of meeting children’s needs. Since their formation, both Operation School Supplies and Hood County Christmas for Children were created as a result of the organization. And before Mission Granbury could offer case management, HCCCF actually had over 30 volunteers that worked as case managers for children in need. And before Ruth’s Place, rural medical clinics were brought in before school started.

Today, the organization focuses on three main areas: back-to-school clothing, winter coats, Heavenly Closets, scholarships for graduating seniors attending trade schools and meeting various emergency needs of a child.

The back-to-school clothing project allows families to meet at Walmart on designated days in August to shop for their children. A budget is determined based on the child’s grade level. Just last year, 526 children were clothed to go back to school.

In 2017, the Heavenly Closet initiative was created after teacher Atyka Ditto noticed a student being made fun of because their shoes were dirty and holey. After switching shoes with the student and putting herself “in the person’s shoes”, she realized a clothing and shoe closet needed to be accessible to Hood County children while at school.

Seeing how missions aligned, Heavenly Closet has now become an arm of HCCCF. Since the closet at Granbury Middle School was built, three more closets have been installed with brand name, new clothing and shoes at Acton Middle School, Granbury High School, and at Baccus Elementary.

HCCCF continues to serve through emergency or unmet needs that affect the child, and the family. One of their most recent success stories assisted a 7-year-old girl who has Down Syndrome and was struggling to learn how to feed herself. A therapist reached out on a limb trying to find assistance for this child. She was in need of a specialized high chair, properly angled, so she would not choke as easily when she ate. The chair was delivered on Valentine’s Day, forever helping
the child to be more independent.

The HCCCF board is comprised of 14 volunteers ranging from the District Attorney, educators, moms and dads, a child crimes investigator, and of course, still several real estate professionals. The group is truly the ‘ears to the ground’ working with other local organizations to assist children in immediate times of need.

All it takes is for one person to make a difference – and what a difference it has made for the children of Hood County for over 35 years!

GET INVOLVED

ALL DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO:

PO BOX 1276
GRANBURY, TX 76048

For more information:
hoodcountychildrenscharity.com

BACK TO SCHOOL

WHAT WE NEED: DONATIONS

• 4 Designated Days in August
• Expected Budget: $24,000

GOAL: TO CLOTHE OVER 600 CHILDREN

HEAVENLY CLOSET – STOCKING THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

WHAT WE NEED: DONATIONS & PARTNERS

• Restocking of clothes, shoes, and
undergarments for 4 closets
• Partners we need: – Stores to donate merchandise or provide discounts for us to purchase clothes
• Businesses or organizations to purchase a particular item and routinely supply it (i.e. – socks, lice kits, undergarments, coats, etc.)
• Groups to “adopt” a closet and provide monetary support

GOAL: TO PROVIDE CLOTHING AND SHOES
THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR AS
CHILDREN ARE IDENTIFIED AS IN NEED BY
THE SCHOOL