Brighten lives of center’s residents

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It’s time for the annual KRLD-AM Christmas is for Caring campaign to benefit the Denton State Supported Living Center, and we encourage area residents to give generously.

This fundraising effort is one of our favorite ways to play Santa’s helper because the money raised benefits residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center, located in southern Denton on State School Road. A lot of very special people live at the center, and they love the holidays and look forward to this time of year.

The annual fundraising campaign is a great way for friends and supporters to show residents of the center that they care about them.

Volunteers for the Denton State Supported Living Center partner with KRLD-AM on the annual campaign, which provides an easy way to help make a lot of holiday wishes come true.

The campaign has been going for many years now to help raise funds for things that the state of Texas doesn’t pay for, including gifts for the residents and other needs.

This year’s fundraiser will feature a phone bank that will be open beginning Monday and continuing through Friday. All contributions are tax-deductible and go straight to the center’s Volunteer Services Council.

Each year, the council raises money for a major improvement that’s needed at the center but wouldn’t be funded by the state. Last year, the council bought two wheelchair-accessible vans so that residents could take trips.

Susan Dean, spokeswoman for the council, said this year the goal is to raise $150,000 to help pay for a walkway that connects the residences to both pavilions on campus. The walkway is a critical need because about half of the center’s 400 residents use wheelchairs and they currently cannot make full use of the center’s grounds.

Dean said all types of events are held in the pavilions, including picnics and musical offerings, so the walkway would be a great addition. Not only would the walkway allow residents in wheelchairs to attend those events, but it would also be available for use by residents who enjoy riding bicycles, she said.

To make a donation, call the KRLD hotline at 214-219-1080 or mail a check to the Denton State Supported Living Center, ATTN: Christmas is for Caring, P.O. Box 368, Denton, TX 76201-0368.

Donors can also make a $10 donation by texting “CIFC” to 20222 or by following the link online at dfw.cbslocal.com/christmasisforcaring.

The Christmas is for Caring season will conclude with the center’s traditional Christmas party Dec. 19. Residents will open their gifts and those who are able will also come together for a dance party, Dean said.

Through the years, area residents have been generous in their support of the Denton State Supported Living Center, never disappointing the residents who live there, officials told us, and we are confident that Denton County residents will continue the tradition this year.

The size of your donation doesn’t matter. Every little bit helps, and you can be sure that your gift will be put to good use because it will be used to make life better for the center’s residents.

The annual effort is one of the best ways we know to truly get in the holiday spirit, so be sure that you get involved this year by making a donation.

The KRLD-AM Christmas is for Caring campaign is an opportunity to make the holidays truly special for a lot of special people, and in our view, that’s what the spirit of the season is all about.


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