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On Saturday, December 5th, Hello Georgetown and Hipp Radio Network are inviting the community to help local non-profits this Christmas in an upcoming event called Make A Smile Happen or M*A*S*H*.
“In a year when non-profits have had many of their main fundraising events canceled, we hope Make A Smile Happen, or M.A.S.H., can help fill the gap for some of these organizations during the holiday season when many of their patrons are in their moments of greatest need,” Rob Hipp, owner of Hipp Radio Network and Hello Georgetown, said. “Georgetown is a generous and giving community, I’ve seen that all my life, and I look forward to providing an opportunity for Georgetown to come together and uplift one another this holiday season.”
From 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. at the Lone Star Circle of Care parking lot off Williams Drive in Georgetown, community members will be able to drive up to the event tent and drop off their donations. Make A Smile Happen 2020 will focus on four categories for donations: children/teen gifts, food, pet supplies and cash donations. The donations in each category will go toward the following beneficiaries:
Children/Teen Gifts: Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center
Pet Supplies: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter
While all donations are welcome, we’ve worked with each beneficiary to identify specific needs they have this holiday season. You can view each organization’s preferred donations below.
Commemorative t-shirts will be available for individuals who either donate $20, 10 canned goods, 5 toys, or two bags of pet food. The shirt will feature the event logo on the front and the beneficiaries.
Companies or individuals who would like to sponsor this year’s t-shirts get their logo on the back of the shirt, promotion on social media, Hello Georgetown, and Hipp Radio Network. Companies will also have an opportunity to come out on the day of the event and go live on Facebook at the event.
We will also be needing volunteers to help receive donations at the event. If you’d like to help, sign up here.
Since 1997, the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center has provided a safe place to disclose child abuse, reduced the emotional trauma for children and non-offending family members, and extended professional services that protect the integrity of an investigation.
Year after the year, the community has generously provided donations to the center that serves children ages 0 to 17. During the Make A Smile Happen event, the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center would like the public to consider donating items that would make great Christmas gifts and brighten the lives of their tween and teenage clients this holiday season. Some ideas include:
- YA Adult Book Sets (examples include: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc.)
- Jewelry and Jewelry Boxes
- Family Experiences (examples include: restaurants, family activities, etc.)
- Gaming Headsets
- Tablets, Kindle Readers or Small Gaming Devices
- Maker Sets
Additionally, children served by the center are also given an opportunity to choose gifts to give to their parents. The community is invited to also consider donating items the children could give their parents including:
- Gift Cards to Restaurants
- At Home Spa Supplies (examples include: bath salts, facial packets, etc.)
- Shaving Kits
- Other Self Care Supplies
- Gift Wrap
Helping Hands of Georgetown has helped combat food insecurity in our community since 2015. What started as a small, homegrown effort has now evolved and grown to an operation that now provides 100 brown bags a day, 4 days a week and a hot meal every Sunday night.
Thanks to the generous support and donations of the community, Helping Hands of Georgetown has served and will continue to serve countless local families in need. During the Make A Smile Happen event, Helping Hands of Georgetown would like the public to consider donating items frequently needed in their food pantry:
- Breakfast Items
- Peanut Butter
- Mac N Cheese
- Canned Chicken or Tuna
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Cooking Oil
- Juice Boxes
- Coffee Boxes Milk
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is focused on caring for lost and abandoned pets in Williamson County by increasing pet adoptions, emphasizing humane care for lost, unwanted or displaced pets, assisting animal control public safety efforts by providing a safe haven for strays and a secure area for dangerous animals and reducing the costs to each participating entity through a shared regional facility.
They are a no-kill shelter and have maintained that status since December 2010.
“We are a ‘no-kill’ facility because we believe it is the right thing to do. Our shelter is not funded to act as a no-kill shelter. We have reached this milestone because of our community. We can only continue to be ‘no-kill’ because of our caring adopters, committed volunteers, loving fosters and generous donors,” Cherly Schneider, WCRAS Animal Services Director said.
During the Make A Smile Happen event, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter would like the public to consider donating items frequently needed to care for the shelter animals:
Cats and Kittens:
- Cat Toys (Wand, Mice, etc.)
- Oval Donut Cat Bed
- Friskies Cat Treats
- Stainless Steel Bowls
- Cat Carriers
- Friskies Cat Food Classic Pate
- Feline Pine Original Cat Litter
- Metal Litter Scooper
- Snuggle Safe Disks
- Heating Pad Without Auto Shutoff
- Kitten Bottles
- KMR Powder for Kittens and Cats
- Royal Canin Dry and Canned Kitten Food
- Dessert Sized Paper Plates
- Digital Kitchen Scale
Dogs and Puppies
- Grain-Free Dog Kibble
- Tennis Balls
- Nylabone Chew Toys
- Kong, Rope, and Rubber Chew Toys
- Kong Fillers
- Zuke’s Mini Dog Treats
- Pill Pockets
- Fish Oil Capsules
- Stainless Steels Bowls
- Mendota Slip Leads
- Premiere EZ-Walk Harness
- Squirt Bottles
- Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo
- Empty Plastic Water Bottles/Yogurt or Butter Containers
- Lavender Scented Oil Plug-Ins/Air Wicked Scented Oil Warmers
- Canned Dog Food
- Canned Beef/Chicken Broth
- Plain (No-Flavor) Yogurt
- Poop Scoopers
General Shelter Needs
- Office Supplies
- Brooms and Dustpans
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
- Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
- Cotton Towels
- Aluminum Carabineers
- Zip Ties
- Pencil Pouches
- Duct Tape
- Battery Operated Clip Fans
Help Crisis Assistance serves Williamson County and individuals who are involved critical incidents.
“Following a critical incident, there are very few resources available to assist with the immediate needs of the victim(s), survivor(s) or immediate family. Some of those needs include, but are not limited to: shelter, clothing, food, transportation, and medical co-pays for counselor or prescriptions,” according to Help Crisis Assistance website. “Thought fundraising and private donors, Help can assist with those needs.”
During the 2020 Make A Smile Happen event, community members are encouraged to donate cash which will go to Help Crisis Assistance and fund their continued efforts.
The Playful Child started in 2018 and honors the playful and joyful spirit of Kade Damian.
Some of the goals of the organization is to nurture the mental and physical health of children & families by cultivating the healing value of unstructured play in our community, promote less screen time and more creativity through messy and outdoor play, open-ended play, more personal connections with face-to-face communication, and more!
One of their projects is to create, design and build a children’s memorial park and playground located at 1306 Country Club Drive in Georgetown, TX that will honor all children who now live on in hearts and memories, according to the organization’s website.
“The Healing Hearts Park will be a place for everyone to heal through play,” the organization said on their website. “We all carry experiences that can be softened through play, friendship, laughter, fresh air, and movement.”
During the 2020 Make A Smile Happen event, community members are encouraged to donate cash which will go to The Playful Child and fund their continued efforts.