Opening New Doors
When Amarillo based Mexican restaurant Abuelo’s opened recently at the Shoppes at Parkwest at 24600 Katy Freeway in Katy, they looked to the Katy Rotary for help in selecting a charity to be the beneficiary of their pre-opening events. They had planned a series of staff training and lunches as well as a VIP night and Katy Chamber Ribbon Cutting. Guests would be invited and would receive complimentary food but Abuelo’s proprietor Mike Lilly wanted to do more and take this opportunity to give back to the community. His idea was to offer alcoholic beverages and desserts for purchase at the pre-opening events and give the proceeds of the sale of those items to a local charity. He approached the Katy Rotary and they suggested Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Lilly even invited Child Advocates of Fort Bend to talk to all staff prior to the first training lunch so that the Abuelo’s staff could share information about the agency. Thanks to Lilly and the Katy Rotary, Child Advocates of Fort Bend was recently presented with a $7,500 check for proceeds from those pre-opening events. Shown (L to R) are: Tulio Aparicio, Jamal Agbor, Irene Wisner, Eric Olvera, Jad Attar, Oscar Ospina and Abuelo’s proprietor Mike Lilly.
Challenging Others to Benefit Children
Officer Lora Bradshaw from the Fort Bend ISD Police Department brought a student for a forensic interview recently and saw a need. After children are interviewed, they are allowed to choose a book, a blanket, and a stuffed animal. Obviously those things are desirable to the 2-12 crowd, but for teenagers who come in, those are all lame. Officer Bradshaw delivered a challenge to all her fellow FBISD PD officers, FBISD staff and students to donate items that a teenager would like to have. Today she delivered a very generous donation of items such as: adult coloring books, colored pencils, sharpeners, blankets, lip gloss, baseball caps, nail polish, mini flashlights, chapstick, gift cards to Subway and Chick-Fil-A, puzzles, games, Rubik’s cubes, fidget spinners, necklaces, Bart Simpson books, wrestling magazines, games, Hot Wheels, male and female travel kits, craft kits, travel pillows, and much more!!
We are SO thankful to all the generous people of FBISD PD and FBISD who donated to us so that our teenage clients can have age appropriate items to select from after an interview!
Fort Bend Delta Sigma Theta Delivers!
School teacher and Children’s Advocacy Center Volunteer Kasaundra Hall has been volunteering during the summer in our Children’s Advocacy Center since August of 2012. When she told her fellow sorority members at Suburban Houston Fort Bend Delta Sigma Theta about the work that she does in our Advocacy Center and the need for snacks and supplies, they jumped right in to help! For several years, they’ve been bringing us donations and volunteering during our Christmas Home Tour. Recently, Suburban Houston Fort Bend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority President Evelyn Peters Dean and member Rose William dropped by recently and presented us with 50 Beanie Babies, small water bottles, 13 boxes of snacks and 2 boxes of Pamper Diapers. We are so grateful to them for their generous donation!