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'Christmas Is for Caring' continues to help residents at state supported center

Updated at 2 p.m.: This story has been changed to reflect the correct times and dates of the drive and the Christmas party. 

Volunteers for the Denton State Supported Living Center and WBAP-AM will lead the “Christmas Is for Caring” fundraising campaign next week, Dec. 11-15.

The Volunteer Services Council has helped raise money for the center for 38 years, partnering with area media outlets to pay for things that the state of Texas doesn’t. The group has funded medical and mobility equipment as well as many improvements to the grounds. The center, on State School Road in southern Denton, is home to about 460 people with developmental disabilities. 

This year, volunteers are raising money to help residents pay for community outings, such as going out for pizza, bowling or seeing a movie, according to Susan Dean, council spokeswoman.

Donors may call the station’s phone bank at 214-525-2550 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during each day of the drive. All contributions go straight to the council and are tax deductible.

Donors can also give gifts directly to residents. The council has published their Christmas wish lists online and asks that the gifts be wrapped and tagged, and not include any glass, food or gift cards. More information on the wish lists can be found on the council’s website, www.vscdenton.org.

Dean invites the public to see it all come together — Santa, presents and dancing — at the annual WBAP Christmas party at the center. Doors to the gymnasium will open at 6 p.m. Dec. 20.

For more information, visit vscdenton.org.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

FEATURED IMAGE: A table shows off work by residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center, who create ceramic Christmas trees and other works at Impressions Handmade Ceramics on the Square. (DRC file photo)