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Feed Our Kids Spring Break Volunteers Needed

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Volunteers are needed to help Feed Our Kids

Children and parents are looking forward to Spring Break, now just a couple of weeks away, March 12-16. Travel plans, destination resorts, theme parks—all are part of the mix of conversations around dinner tables these days.

GRACE’s plans are centering on providing lunches for the children who would normally eat on the school’s free and reduced lunch program. Feed Our Kids Spring Break is now a seasonal event after its success the last three years.

Feed Our Kids has been a traditional summertime experience for our many volunteers and donors. It will be again this summer, but anytime school is out of session, children whose families rely on free or reduced lunches are at greater risk for food insecurity.

Also, parents of at-risk children often work long shifts, sometimes two jobs, to make ends meet. Lunch may be the only true meal their children get all day long.

Serving these hungry children through Feed Our Kids is a tangible, hands-on way to help those less fortunate. Two sites are being planned at this time. Each site will serve about 50 children every day of Spring Break.

Many groups opt to incorporate fun activities for the children as well, though not required. It’s good to know, though, that you can bring some fun into the lives of some children who may not be looking forward to Spring Break.

To volunteer over Spring Break or reserve summer shifts, contact Seasonal Programs Coordinator Lori Stevens, 817-992-4690, or email lstevens@gracegrapevine.org.

Container Gardening at the GRACE Community Gardens

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New gardeners show off their handiwork at the Container Gardening seminar.

Grapevine Gardening Club’s Karen Rice spent a rainy Saturday instructing a group of 10 participants on the art of Container Gardening. Although the weather was not very cooperative, it made for a cozy group inside the GRACE Food Pantry, and Ms. Rice sent each participant home with a beautiful garden—and plenty of rain to keep it growing!

Container Gardening is a needed skill for those who live in apartments, or have small yards. Even if space is limited, growing vegetables and herbs in a container takes only a little space but is an easy way to savor the flavor and freshness of produce.

Ms. Rice wanted to make sure that there was a good mixture of plants and seeds so each participant could personalize their garden specific to their needs.

Plants included 5 types of lettuce, kale, oregano, rosemary and onions; and seeds included cilantro, dill, chives, and carrots.  Ms. Rice’s expertise on planting cycles and seasons, care and watering of the gardens was featured during the training.

Much of the planting material, seeds, plants, and pots were donated by the Home Depot in Southlake. Candace Kyler from the Grapevine Gardening Club also attended and assisted with planting.

GRACE has recently joined the Garden Network of Tarrant County, a nonprofit organization that strives to create healthy options for those with food insecurity issues in Tarrant County. The group promotes the implementation of sustainable gardening programs.

By joining other organizations that have or plan to have community gardens, GRACE strengthens its focus on making fresh produce accessible to all families in the community.

“Our hope is that individuals will realize their ability to garden by starting small and may eventually want to adopt a garden plot at the GRACE Community Gardens,” said Stacy Pacholick, GRACE Director of Programs.

For more information contact Stacy at 817-305-4636, or email spacholick@gracegrapevine.org.

Dallas Airmotive Supports the GRACE Community Clinic

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(l-r) John Hocking, Angela McDade, Nurse Shirley Roberts, Patient Care Coordinator Maria Rupliker, Mark Moyer, and Director of Programs Stacy Pacholick

Dallas Airmotive has been a strong supporter of the GRACE Community Clinic since 2008, giving nearly $25,000 in that time. Last week, they did it again!

Angela McDade, John Hocking and Mark Moyer visited the Clinic with a donation of $5,000.

Dallas Airmotive and the Community Clinic share a common goal to see that every resident has access to basic medical care, according to Mr. Moyer, a former member of the GRACE Board of Directors.

Dallas Airmotive also provides volunteer support for other GRACE programs throughout the year, like Feed Our Kids, Christmas Cottage, and Donation Station.

We are continually grateful for the generosity of businesses in the community, and look forward to the seeing the impact Dallas Airmotive’s donation will make for patients at the Community Clinic this year.

Randy White Tees Up as Title Sponsor

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Southlake realtor Randy White is the Title Sponsor for Drive Into the Night

Southlake Realtor Randy White learned the real estate business from his father and grandfather and, like them, he has a strong desire to help build his community. Supporting missions—like GRACE—that stabilize and strengthen families is something he is called to do.

Randy White—Randy White Real Estate Services—is the new Title Sponsor of the 2018 Drive Into the Night (DITN) tournament to support GRACE children’s services. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at the Grapevine Golf Course.

Thousands of children and families in communities throughout northeast Tarrant County will benefit when the DITN players line up their shots through the wooded rolling hills of Grapevine Golf Course.

The focus of DITN has remained the same since its inception nine years ago. DITN began as a small novelty event to raise funds for GRACE children’s services. In its first eight years DITN has raised more than $250,000 to help the youngsters GRACE serves.

While Randy White has played in the DITN event for several years, this is the first time he has taken the lead sponsor role—a position that sets the tone for the entire event. Randy has reached out to a number of his friends and business associates to join him as sponsors and players.

Programs like Feed Our Kids, Christmas Cottage, the Clothing Room, School Supplies and the many assistance offerings that serve young families receive support from DITN proceeds.

Last year, Feed Our Kids served more than 36,000 meals throughout the summer. More than 1,800 clothing packets were distributed to children. Nearly 2,500 children opened Christmas Cottage gifts on December 25! These statistics only begin to tell the story of the support GRACE offers for children and families in need.

Our most heartfelt thanks go to Randy White, the entire Randy White Real Estate Services family, the players and sponsors of DITN, on behalf of all those youngsters!

There is still time to be a part of this wonderful mission—and great fun event! A few teams and players spots remain to be filled. Sponsorships are very welcome, starting at $1,500. Individual player spots are $250 each.

Call Melissa Ansley at 817-305-4672 or email mansley@gracegrapevine.org to join the fun!

Celebrate Silver with The British Emporium

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The British Emporium owner Sheela Kadam Bailey has been hostess to a near-infinite number of great events celebrating everything United Kingdom! From the Queen’s Jubilee to the magical wonders of Father Christmas, Sheela and her award-winning shop have come forward in grand style.

This time, she is celebrating something even more special: The British Emporium turns 25! To commemorate her Silver Anniversary, Sheela has booked The Palace and invited a band—four lads from Liverpool—to make the evening memorable.

Doors to Grapevine’s Palace Arts Center open at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 24, and the theatre opens at 7:30 p.m. The Beatles tribute band, A Hard Night’s Day, will cover nearly the entire catalog of The Beatles.

Admission is just $25—one dollar for every year Sheela has been the premier British grocer, tea merchant and gift purveyor in Grapevine. Sheela’s wide selection of hard-to-find imported teas, biscuits, chocolates, preserves, and fine groceries is second-to-none outside of the UK.

Intermission will feature a grand selection of The British Emporium’s most popular British chocolates, crumpets, candied preserves, and other confections. A Silent Auction will feature some of the British Isles finest products and must-have memorabilia.

A Hard Night’s Day, has faithfully recreated The Beatles’ for 24 years. The group has played at venues around the world, including the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles first performed.

Proceeds from the event will benefit GRACE. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat here.

Celebrate Silver with The British Emporium

Beatles

The British Emporium owner Sheela Kadam Bailey has been hostess to a near-infinite number of great events celebrating everything United Kingdom! From the Queen’s Jubilee to the magical wonders of Father Christmas, Sheela and her award-winning shop have come forward in grand style.

This time, she is celebrating something even more special: The British Emporium turns 25! To commemorate her Silver Anniversary, Sheela has booked The Palace and invited a band—four lads from Liverpool—to make the evening memorable.

Doors to Grapevine’s Palace Arts Center open at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 24, and the theatre opens at 7:30 p.m. The Beatles tribute band, A Hard Night’s Day, will cover nearly the entire catalog of The Beatles.

Admission is just $25—one dollar for every year Sheela has been the premier British grocer, tea merchant and gift purveyor in Grapevine. Sheela’s wide selection of hard-to-find imported teas, biscuits, chocolates, preserves, and fine groceries is second-to-none outside of the UK.

Intermission will feature a grand selection of The British Emporium’s most popular British chocolates, crumpets, candied preserves, and other confections. A Silent Auction will feature some of the British Isles finest products and must-have memorabilia.

A Hard Night’s Day, has faithfully recreated The Beatles’ for 24 years. The group has played at venues around the world, including the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles first performed.

Proceeds from the event will benefit GRACE. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat here.

COMMUNITY CLINIC VOLUNTEER RECEIVES HIGH HONOR

Volunteers are often the unsung heroes who sort canned goods in a warehouse, fold clothing for displaced families, or working quietly in the confines of a clinic office.

Dr. Sarah E. Suttle, D.P.M, has used her unique expertise as a foot and ankle surgeon to bring unexpected healing for clients experiencing the negative repercussions of diabetes mellitus, neuropathy, arthritis, painful ingrown toenails, or other costly procedures that might otherwise go unchecked.

While Dr. Suttle and other volunteers don’t do what they do for recognition, we have to occasionally show the community just how stellar they are aside from their willingness to serve.

Dr. Suttle was recently named among Fort Worth Business’ Healthcare Heroes of 2018. This honor comes from a fierce dedication to her patients, investment of her time and energy to serve the community, and excellent quality of care.

When asked what inspires her through tough seasons in her profession, she turns to scripture:

“His Word is a steady guide. The one that comes to mind almost daily is Colossians 3:23: ‘Whatever you do, work with all your heart, as working for the Lord—not human masters,'” writes Suttle.

The GRACE Community Clinic is richly blessed to have Dr. Suttle’s tremendous depth of knowledge when it comes to complicated procedures that alleviate physical burdens for local families in need of help.

It’s just one of the many examples how people are serving, encouraging, and strengthening clients from head to toe.

Congratulations to our community leader for this esteemed honor in the workplace.

How to get involved with the Community Clinic:

The volunteers and staff are forging new paths for their patients, and continue to their focus and scope of referral treatments. The Community Clinic is looking for passionate Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Doctors, and Specialists who can invest their time and resources into providing the best care possible

Contact Volunteer Manager, Lara Hohweiler to get more information.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT GRACE HAPPENINGS!

This is an exciting time at GRACE, when so many people in the community are rallying behind the mission hosting collection drives, fund raisers and other community events that benefit GRACE programs.

Families often lead busy lives with bustling schedules, we are often asked what can be done to support families in need with their limited time or resources.

We are looking to you—our inner circle—to help us share opportunities to serve and give to make GRACE stronger and more capable to advance the mission at hand.

Here are some upcoming events that we need your help spreading the word about:

Drive into the Night– If you haven’t heard, Drive into the Night is an annual glow golf tournament that takes place on April 20 at the Grapevine Golf Club. We team up with the city of Grapevine and the golf course to bring a lighthearted, memorable experience that is ideal for business owners, colleagues, or just a group of friends to enjoy.

No golf expertise is required, though it’s a favorite of golf enthusiasts.

How to share: Post a comment or share our facebook event to your page. Visit DriveintotheNight.com to register your player or team.


Dine to Donate-We are thrilled to launch a new campaign that allows families, friends, and foodies in DFW to dine at their favorite establishments and give to a cause they love. For the week of April 13-22, the following restaurants will give a portion of their proceeds to GRACE:

  • Boi Na Braza
  • Great Scott
  • Loveria Café
  • Mac’s on Main
  • Mason & Dixie
  • Next Bistro
  • Truluck’s

How to share: Like and share the Dine to Donate Facebook page. Book your reservations now through the restaurant’s website. Tag us with @DinetoDonateGrapevine and visit https://www.facebook.com/DinetoDonateGrapevine/


2018 GRACE Gala-GRACE is returning to the Grapevine Gaylord as they unveil their newest addition on October 6, 2018. Read about the 2018 GRACE Gala Chairs, and save the date for this important event.

 

YOU HELPED US GIVE OVER $60K WORTH OF FOOD TO THE COMMUNITY!

It’s difficult to quantify the impact your support makes for families seeking hope, encouragement, and support from the community through GRACE programs.

However, data can give us a glimpse of the profound ways we have been able to facilitate support in the way of sustenance to local families facing hardship.

Last month alone, your support provided $60, 257 worth of groceries to 858 family members! In fact, if you lined a grocery cart from end to end for every family member served just last month, the carts would travel from the Food Pantry to the Grapevine Faith Christian School Football Fields!

Each family member who seeks support at GRACE also represents their spouse, and children, who benefit from warm meals and fresh produce.

During the holiday season, GRACE was able to provide holiday meals to nearly 1,000 family members, which was a huge victory for the community. After the holidays have ended, there is a decrease in giving, making the shelves that house food for families sparse.

Continual needs are fresh produce, kitchen staples, and hygiene items. GRACE relies on families who make a conscious decision to share their blessings with other families who might be experiencing an especially difficult life season in the months ahead.

Download the latest Food Pantry Needs List here to refer to on your next grocery trip.

If you can help, groceries can be delivered at the GRACE Food Pantry, 837 East Walnut Street, Grapevine Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Special delivery times can be arranged by calling Rusty at 817-305-4676.

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