Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Back-to-school program in need

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The Argyle Community Civic League is seeking new members and asking for donations to help with its back-to-school program for children in need.

The nonprofit organization raises funds for children with financial needs living in the Argyle area. The ACCL supplies the children with back-to-school clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies before the beginning of school and with clothes and toys at Christmas through the Angel Tree program. This year the ACCL also wants to provide Thanksgiving meals to the families of the children.

Currently, the ACCL is in partnership with Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle, along with the Argyle High School UNICEF to help collect donations for the back-to-school program.

The ACCL is led by five board members, including Sherry Cargile, president and Angel Tree chairwoman; Lorraine Arnold, treasurer; Shannon Blakeley, vice president membership; Pamela Arrington, vice president communications; and Tina Gladys, vice president volunteer services. The organization meets the second Tuesday of each month at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Argyle.

To raise funds, the ACCL is planning a “Denim and Diamonds” event in November, the annual Angel Tree Dinner with a table decorating contest in December, and the Mother-Daughter Tea in early spring.

To become an active ACCL member, the annual fee is $25. The member is to give 25 hours of volunteer service — with 10 of those hours to the ACCL each year — attend monthly meetings and participate in the fundraising activities or make a donation for each one missed. To be a support member, the annual fee is $50. The member is to attend as many meetings as possible, stay current with ACCL events and participate in at least one fundraiser or donate $25. Those interested in joining the ACCL can contact Shannon Blakeley at sbblakeley@yahoo.com.

For donations or for more information, contact Sherry Cargile at 940-597-6026 or mail donations to: Argyle CCL, PO Box 323, Argyle TX 76226

Argyle Senior Center

The Argyle Senior Center will have an Independence Day celebration at noon Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Food will be provided by the town of Argyle and those planning to attend can contact Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438.

The Argyle Senior Center is for seniors 55 and older.

The center also meets every Wednesday and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

For more information, call McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or visit the website at www.argyleseniorcenter.com.

Upcoming event

The Argyle Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.ArgyleBooks.com, and she can be reached at Lynn@argylebooks.com.


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