There is no better time to talk about the heart of a child than the holiday season, and we’d love to brag on some hardworking little tykes remind us that giving is the greatest gift of all.

The peers from Primrose School at Hall Johnson collected an impressive truckload of canned goods, kitchen staples boxed meals for the GRACE Food Pantry during the school’s annual “Can-a-thon”. Children from Pre-K to kindergarten earned a donation allowance by completing household chores. By the looks of things, these little students were quite busy! Parents of infants dropped the goods at the decorated boxes at each classroom.

Meanwhile, the middle school classes from Dawson Middle School teamed up to help throughout the GRACE sites, notably the Christmas Cottage. Students loaded and sorted hundreds of toys collected at the Park Place Lexus event the night prior. The toys were then unloaded and are ready for display at the Christmas Cottage Open House on December 2.

The bus headed over to Donation Station, where another group from Dawson Middle School welcomed donors, unloaded carloads and sorted items “behind the scenes” in the backroom. The projects were designed to show these young volunteers the operations of a non-profit, and also gave them the opportunity to use critical thinking skills to accomplish multi-step projects.

A special thanks to the parents and teachers who helped coordinate these noble efforts!

“Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

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Just outside the remodeled showroom at Park Place Lexus were not one but two 2016 Lexus convertibles brimming with dolls, toy trucks and other gifts that will give hope to families facing hardship. Each year guests donate new, unwrapped gifts as entry to one of the most generous mixers of the season.

The event, which took place November 19, engaged a spirit of giving to the community and provided a valuable platform to share other ways GRACE gives hope to families throughout the year.

This year even the expanded showroom could hardly contain the hundreds of guests that enjoyed a scotch tasting bar, giveaways at Kendra Scott’s “swag station”, sweet treats and other festive features. The Ranch at Las Colinas took us off the beaten catering path with a wild game “meatloaf bar” (–for which we must tip our hat for originality and impressive flavor layering).

Guests also had the opportunity to pose for a moving .gif with their loved ones and nibble on some irresistible petite pecan wedges. Spirits were provided by Stella Artios and Clos du Bois, along with a stylish lounge by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

The generous mound of gifts will be sorted and displayed at the Christmas Cottage, a physical storehouse in downtown Grapevine, where qualifying families are given credits for which to “shop” and budget their resources for just the right gifts.

Parents are not only given the opportunity to select the gifts their children will love, each household is given a “family gift”, which usually includes an appliance or essential item that the entire family can utilize.

Thanks to your participation in events like the Park Place Lexus and our Open House, taking place December 2, GRACE has the honor of encouraging families who need hope this Christmas.

On behalf of Park Place Lexus and the families we serve, THANK YOU for making this season memorable for so many!



On any given day of operation, it is impossible to visit Grapevine Craft Brewery (GCB) and not experience the bright environment a sense of camaraderie the neighborhood brewery creates.  As if you needed another reason to pay them a visit for a pint, Grapevine Craft is offering half off your first pint and 15% off coveted merchandise with a donation of three dried goods for those in need this season! The campaign lasts through Sunday, November 22.

For GCB, Grapevine is more than its namesake; serving the community has been part of their culture since day one. Owner Gary Humble and his team have been dedicated to serving local causes throughout the year, including manning free beverage stations at GRACE events, donating supplies, and—oh—raising over $20K in donations and matching funds in recovery support following the Donation Station fire.

The donated kitchen staples will go to our Food Pantry, which supplies nearly half a million dollars in food product to at-risk families each year. It’s important that during the holiday season in particular, families experiencing crisis or financial hardship have a sense of stability and togetherness. Thanks for your steadfast support in feeding, clothing, and caring for families and children in need of grace.

Be sure to stick with dried goods, and get event details here.




The Grapevine Women’s Division celebrated their crowning achievements at the Holiday Hoedown this month, which gives hope to local senior citizens and school supplies for at-risk children.

The annual holiday charity event of the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce supports the Christmas Spirit Fund and Back to School fund. Christmas Spirit is a Friends & Family initiative to bring Christmas cheer to isolated and displaced seniors in the community. Members and volunteers meet with the seniors to identify their needs, which are developed into a “wishlist”. Typically, the seniors request staple commodities and necessities, but the volunteers are always sure to include at least one item that will bring them unexpected joy.

“Many in our community would be surprised to know that there are so many seniors in our own neighborhoods who struggle with despair due to the loss of a spouse, loss of mobility or even loss of familial relationships,” says Friends& Family Manager Maryanne Waddell, “The desire to have a special holiday does not fade with age, and providing gifts for this often overlooked audience warms their spirit and gives them a profound sense of belonging.”  The program provides gifts for as many as 110 seniors each year.

In addition to their partnership with Christmas Spirit, a portion of the funds purchase school supplies for at-risk children, alleviating the added burden for families with multiple children, and preventing a child for being embarrassed from not having the proper supplies.

The Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber was formed thirty years ago with the purpose of fostering the spirit of cultural and commercial progress among the women of Grapevine, to encourage goodwill and fellowship and to enable them to cooperate with the Chamber in the advancement of the civic, industrial, commercial and educational interest of the City of Grapevine. To get involved, read here.



As the crisp autumn season brings abundant hues of red and gold, I am overwhelmed with a spirit of gratitude.

I am thankful to live and work in such an engaged and generous community that continues to show compassion and respect for all our neighbors.  I am thankful for the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly here at GRACE and in our cities.  I am thankful for the generosity of our neighbors who give so others can have better lives.  I am thankful for the wonderful staff members who work tirelessly towards this mission.  I am thankful for the moral and spiritual leadership of our Board of Directors.  I am thankful for our clients/friends who keep us enthusiastically inspired with their stories of hope and success.  But most importantly, I am thankful for a kind and loving God who continues to bless our work with the tools we need to fulfill His will.

His gifts continue to amaze me and remind me of His awesome power!  Just a few days ago, the GRACE Clothing Coordinator made us aware of the pressing need for coats, as she had given out 110 coats in just two days to families in need. Not two hours later, a beautiful and kind woman unexpectedly brought dozens of coats that her church congregation collected for GRACE. We hadn’t even had time to publicize the shortage, but God knew exactly what we needed and like He has for 30 years, the resources appeared.

Stories like this happen every day because of people like you.  People who respond so generously to those needing hope after job loss, illness, abuse or other emergencies that threaten a family’s ability to pay bills, feed their children or even keep their home.

From food and clothing drives to medical supplies and monetary contributions, every single gift allows parents to rebuild their lives and offer stability to their children in a safe, flourishing environment.  Because of God’s blessings and resources from our community, our neighbors in need will always find a haven at GRACE. We promise to be earnest stewards of your treasured time, tithe and talents, directing them to those who need it most.

As you reflect on how God has so richly blessed your life, please consider sharing those blessings with those less fortunate.  I encourage you to visit our website and look for opportunities to both give financially and volunteer your time.

Thank you for continuing to make GRACE part of your family tradition.

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Shonda Schaefer Executive Director GRACE

In His Service,


GRACE Executive Director





The HEB Community gave a warm welcome to the new GRACEful Buys last Friday during the GRACEful Buys Euless Ribbon Cutting ceremony. A portion of the event’s proceeds went to 6 Stones, a partner agency in Euless.

Executive Director Shonda Schaefer welcomed the large gathering and extended her gratitude for embracing a business model that positively impacts families in the surrounding community.

The HEB Chamber of Commerce presented Schaefer with a certificate of establishment, along with a community resource guide, local goody back and individual welcome from each of the present members.

The Grand Opening event continued over the weekend, and the community gathered to enjoy refreshments, a bouncy house for the children, and of course, incredible deals at the fraction of retail.

An even greater reward comes with the knowledge that the second store has the potential to double the impact of GRACEful Buys, the proceeds of which fund GRACE programs like Christmas Cottage, Feed Our Kids, Friends & Family, and other GRACE programs that supply food, clothing and shelter to families facing despair.

6 Stones Executive Director, Scott Sheppard said it best when he invited guests to consider the following benediction surrounding the widely-beloved Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations… declares the Lord.”

Our appreciation goes out to everyone in attendance. We appreciate your patronage to all of our resale stores, which wholly invest in restoring our community by showing God’s love to families facing crisis.

Thanks to the community for welcoming us into the heart of Euless!


Members of the Good Shepherd Catholic Community weren’t afraid to “talk turkey” after mass last month. The families collected nearly $6,500 to purchase turkeys for our Holiday Food Program!

Over the years the Good Shepherd community has invested countless volunteer hours at our sites and over $200,000 in funds to support GRACE programs. Good Shepherd has been a longtime partner of Christmas Cottage, Feed Our Kids and various other GRACE activities. Father Richard Eldredge and the church were recipients of the 2011 Angel of GRACE Award, one of GRACE’s highest honors.

The congregation has also been known to employ creative ideas to serve families in unique ways, including assembling and collecting over 200 Easter baskets for children this April and hosting large-scale diaper drives. Good Shepherd has also provided hundreds of turkeys through GRACE to families struggling to make ends meet during the holidays.

If your church family is looking for a way to serve, we have resources available to you. For large-scale drives that include promotions, contact Special Events Coordinator Chelsea Rose at for resources.

Residual, pressing needs at the GRACE Food Pantry are kitchen staples, including flour, cooking oil, chicken broth and evaporated milk. For a comprehensive Holiday Food Needs list, click here.


If the latest Lexus convertible doesn’t peak your interest, a Lexus convertible filled with toys will tug at your heartstrings.

Celebrate the holidays with GRACE and help us collect toys for families in need this season at Park Place Lexus Grapevine’s Christmas event on November 19 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy as entry. All toys will be collected and given to families in need during GRACE Christmas Cottage.

Patrons will tour the new expanded showroom, which boasts a men’s and ladies’ lounge, featuring a v-gar humidor, scotch tasting bar, artisan cosmopolitans and a Kendra Scott swag station.

The event will boast inspired cuisine from The Ranch at Las Colinas, sips from Stella Artois & Clos du Bois, and a stylish lounge by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This upscale, come and go event is not to be missed!

Popular gift ideas for children include dolls, Legos and bicycles, and adults appreciate practical items such as tool sets, cookware or gift certificates home improvement or grocery stores. Restaurant gift cards to Subway, Sonic or other similar restaurants are always a special treat for teens!

The Lexus dealership is located at 901 East Highway 114 in Grapevine. RSVP by calling 214-224-7296 or email

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