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Denton MHMR calls for holiday helping hands

Denton County MHMR wants to make the holidays a little brighter for the agency's 326 clients this year, but needs help from volunteers in rounding up gifts. 

Denton County MHMR links both children and adults with mental illness and intellectual disabilities to the community services they need. The nonprofit group also provides a range of mental health crisis services.  

The agency has organized the "Holiday Helping Hands" drive for 30 years. 

Spokeswoman Claire Jobe said most of the adults are asking for clothing, jackets, cleaning supplies and other basic needs. Children are hoping for toys, video games and bicycles. 

One local business, Safran, has already committed to adopting 60 of the clients. The agency hopes more businesses and individuals can help, Jobe said. 

Stop by the office at 2519 Scripture St. or call Jobe by Friday, Dec. 1, to volunteer. The agency prefers that the gifts be wrapped and dropped between Monday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 8. 

For more information, call Jobe at 940-565-5282. 

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. 

FEATURED PHOTO: From left to right, organizers, Claire Jobe, Tamara Smith and Pam Gutierrez stand with gifts gathered for clients of Denton County MHMR for the 2016 holiday season. (Jeff Woo/DRC file photo)