8 ways to help those in need this holiday season in Fort Bend County


There are plenty of ways to help others in need this December. From individuals and first responders affected by Hurricane Harvey to families in need during the holiday season, find out how to donate or support the Fort Bend County community and Houston-area with these causes throughout the month of December:

  1. Donate a gift card to a Hurricane Harvey victim

The United Way of Greater Houston hopes to help families affected by Hurricane Harvey with a “Hope for the Holidays,” gift card drive for families and individuals in need. Donors can choose from three categories that provide Harvey victims with holiday meals, toys or household items.

The gift cards will be distributed through a network of disaster case managers, according to a press release from United Way. To donate a gift card to a family or individual affected by Hurricane Harvey this holiday season, visit www.unitedwayhouston.org/holidays.

2. Donate a new toy to Fort Bend County Kids & Cops

Fort Bend County Kids & Cops, a nonprofit of Fort Bend County deputies, will host its annual toy drive at the Richmond Walmart off FM 1640 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Accepted donations include new unwrapped toys or monetary donations. 5330 FM 1640, Richmond.

3. Volunteer at a Food Fair


Volunteers are needed for community organization Family Hope Fulshear’s Food Fair 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the parking lot of Parkway Fellowship in Richmond. Families in need this holiday season can receive free turkeys and other special treats. Monetary donations are also being accepted online and will be used to help a family afford food and presents. 27043 FM 1093, Richmond. 832-919-6551. www.familyhopefulshear.org

4. Help prepare bags of food for families in need

Daily Grynde, a fitness gym based in Richmond, will partner with the Houston Food Bank and Katy Christian Ministries to prepare 100 family bags with canned and dried food 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Volunteers are needed to prepare the bags; the need donations has already been met. 1819 First Oaks St., Ste. 180, Richmond. 281-616-6515.

5. Help single mothers in need with the gift of groceries

Christ’s Church Foster Creek will collect Walmart gift cards to benefit Abigail’s Place, a local nonprofit helping single mothers and their families with transitional housing, from 10-11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Walmart gift cards are preferred but any grocery store gift card is acceptable. 5005 FM 359, Richmond. www.firstcolonychurch.org/foster-creek http://abigailsplace.org/

6. Donate to the Sugar Land Fire Fighter’s toy drive

Sugar Land Professional Fire Fighters Association hopes to fill an entire firetruck with wrapped toys with a toy drive benefiting Fort Bend County Toys for Tots from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. 6625 Sansburry Blvd., Richmond.

7. Give blood at St. John’s Christmas Blood Drive

St. John’s UMC in Richmond will host a Christmas Blood Drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 in Wendt Hall. Those wishing to donate can sign up online or stop by the church office. 400 Jackson St., Richmond.

8. Attend a concert benefiting Harvey firefighters and first responders

Katy’s No Label Brewing Co. will host a Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert to raise funds for the 5013c nonprofit Firefighters Helping Firefighters as well as firefighters and first responders affected by Hurricane Harvey Saturday, Dec. 23. Artists Charlie Robison, Max Stalling and John Baumann will perform at the concert. No Label Brewing Company will donate $1 to the relief effort for every beer sold. Doors open at 5 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $40. 5351 1st St., Katy. www.firehelpingfire.org

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