Local holiday events blowing in

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December holiday events are in full swing but there is still much to see and do.

• Troup has announced its 2017 Christmas parade will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Serving as grand marshal is Connie Switzer who will lead the parade from the intersection of Carolina and Duval Street down Duval until it turns right onto Front Street. Following the parade, Santa will be found at the Cameron – J. Jarvis Library parking lot where candy and prizes will be given out. More information can be found at www.trouptexas.org.

• First Baptist Church in Whitehouse, 801 East Main Street, has invited the public to experience their Drive Thru Bethlehem. The event opens 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13 and 14 and 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, according to a recent press release.

• The REC is hosting a Jingle Bell 5K run or walk event at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. The REC is located at 301 Terry Street, Whitehouse. There is a $30 entry fee to participate in the run and the proceeds benefit the youth programs held at the REC, according to information posted on the Whitehouse Chamber facebook page.

There are also organizations planning on helping those in need within their own communities this Christmas and are seeking assistance from residents during this season of giving.

• Troup Cares is in need of food and monetary assistance to provide for needy families in Troup. Monetary donations can be made to the Troup Cares account at the Austin Bank location in Troup or at the First National Bank in Troup. Food donations may be made at the Troup Brookshire’s store through the Spirit of Christmas food drive or Troup ISD students who are conducting food drives on behalf of the community food pantry.

• The Whitehouse food pantry is collecting small items to stuff Christmas stockings for children of clients who are ages 2-12. Donations of candy canes, Swiss Miss packets, Hot Wheels, girl’s hair clips and bows, play dough, crayons and coloring books, socks, knit gloves and caps, apples and oranges, colored and designed pencils and stickers are needed. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 411 Highway 110 South. The food pantry is open 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and Thursdays and will also be open 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information, call (903) 839-6769 and leave a message.

• Meals on Wheels-Whitehouse, 118 Railroad Avenue, is also seeking donations that can be delivered to their clients. They are requesting blankets, robes, house shoes and toiletries. There will be a collection box on the porch of Meals on Wheels in which contributions can be placed. Donations are asked to be dropped off by Wednesday, Dec. 20. For more information, call (903) 570-5837.

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