Give Saint Nick a hand: Donate to Cowboy Santas

What would it be like to wake up as a child on Christmas morning and find no gifts under the tree? To hear friends at school talk about what they received, while you try to steer away from the subject? This would be the reality for many children in Tarrant County if Cowboy Santas were not there to assist.

Help put smiles on more than 10,000 faces this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy, book or game to Cowboy Santas, a nonprofit program that provides toys to children ages 0-12 from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season.

Help collect toys and books for the program and make Christmas special for a child by placing a donation box at your business or organization.

And don’t forget the Silver Stars program, which provides homebound and isolated seniors with a holiday care basket filled with useful items like blankets, socks, house shoes, toiletries and holiday collectables. These older adults often do not receive anything on their birthday or other holidays, so Christmas gifts donated by Silver Stars bring a smile and a reminder that they are not alone.

To learn more, call 817-392-5790 or visit the Cowboy Santas website.

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Texas Rangers spreading holiday cheer through Cowboy Santas

The Texas Rangers are participating in the 2017 Cowboy Santas toy drive, the seventh consecutive year in which the team has been involved in the City of Fort Worth’s holiday charity.

Through Dec. 18, supporters can drop off new unwrapped toys or books at the Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park in Arlington or the Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop, 316 Main St., during regular store hours. Items may also be dropped off at all Fort Worth police and fire stations.

On Dec. 18 from 4-7 p.m., the Rangers will sponsor a Cowboy Santas toy drive at Globe Life Park in Arlington in the center field Vandergriff Plaza area. Current and former Rangers players will sign autographs. Holiday movies will be shown on the video screen, the Rangers KidsZone will be open and drink and food specials will be provided. Other activities will include face painting, crafts, a photo booth and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Fans attending the Dec. 18 event may park free in Lot B and enter Globe Life Park through the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop.

To learn more, call 817-273-5207.

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Spread Holiday Cheer With Santa’s Little Helpers

Christmas is right around the corner, and Santa is looking for some extra help to make presents and spread Christmas cheer.

On December 9, children ages 3 to 7 are invited to come create special presents for their loved ones, play Christmas games, listen to holiday music, and make new friends!

Registration is required with a $20 fee for Santa’s Little Helpers. The program will meet on Saturday, December 9 from 9:30­ – 11:30AM. Santa’s Little Helpers will be held at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located in Southlake Town Hall at 1400 Main St., Suite 210. For more information, please visit our website or call 817-748-8019.

Girls Decorating at Santa's Little Helpers

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Cowboy Santas scramble Dec. 2 at three municipal golf courses

Help provide a meaningful Christmas for underprivileged kids by playing in the Cowboy Santas Scramble at either Pecan Valley, Meadowbrook or Rockwood Park golf courses on Dec. 2.

Form your own four-person team or the staff will place you on a team. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50 per player plus an unwrapped toy valued at least $10. Lunch will be provided after the rounds.

Entry deadline is Nov. 30. Register online or call the course of your choice: Meadowbrook, 817-457-4616; Pecan Valley, 817-249-1845; Rockwood Park, 817-624-1771. Registration is limited to 25 teams per course.

The Cowboy Santas program is a charitable organization that provides toys to children, 12 and under, from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season.

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Sign up for Cowboy Santas distributions

It’s just October, but it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and Cowboy Santas.

The Cowboy Santas program is a charitable organization that provides toys to children 12 and under from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 2.

There are three ways to sign up, including a new mail-in option:

1. Register at a CAP Center

Register at these locations:

  • Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center, 201 S Sylvania Ave.
  • Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.
  • North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.
  • Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St.
  • Southeast Arlington CAP Office, 1601 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington.
  • Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.
  • Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

Registration is available at these sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

2. Register at the Cowboy Santas warehouse

Families can register at the Cowboy Santas warehouse, 541 N. Main St., on Saturdays by appointment only. Call 817-392-5790 to set up an appointment. No walk-ins are allowed at this location.

3. Download and mail the application

New this year, families can download an application and mail it to Community Action Partners/Cowboy Santas, 4200 South Freeway, Suite 2325, Fort Worth, TX 76115.

Copies of these documents are required:

  • Proof of current Tarrant County address.
  • Proof of all household income for the past 30 days for occupants 18 years and older. This can include pay check stubs, Social Security benefits letters, disability letters, workers’ compensation or retirement benefits.
  • Picture identification of the applicant, who must be 18 or older.
  • Proof of age for children ages 12 and under, such as a birth certificate or immunization records.
  • Social Security cards for all household members (this is preferred, but not required.)

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Cool off while you help raise funds for Cowboy Santas

We’re in the middle of one of our hottest months, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. Specifically, the Cowboy Santas program and how Fort Worth can help ensure that children from needy families are remembered during the holiday season this year.

Cowboy Santas is hosting a Swimming for Santa party from 6:30-9 p.m. Aug 11 at Forest Park Pool, 2850 Park Place.

Admission is $8 per person or $30 for a family of four. Admission includes a hot dog, chips and a drink.

Purchase tickets.

The Cowboy Santas program distributes holiday toys, games and books to children from low-income households in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

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