United Help Wascom to distribute winter clothes on Saturday | News

As the colder months in Texas bring cold weather fronts to Harrison County, the United Help of Waskom prepares to distribute free winter clothing at its January clothing distribution event this Saturday, January 15 at 18325 US 80 East from 10 a.m. to noon.

Families from the Waskom ISD area may stop by and pick up free clothing from the United Help range of clothing for children of all ages, men and women, separated into different lockers in their distribution center.

The organization opens its cupboards on the third Saturday of every month and also operates a food pantry that distributes on the second Tuesday of every month.

Rose McLean, Treasurer of United Help, said the organization aims to be a unified set of resources that Waskom residents can count on to meet the unmet needs in the community.

“Waskom is a loving community that is kind of lost in the shuffle because we’re on the edge of Harrison County and on the border of another state,” McClain said. “When all the leaders of United Help Waskom decided to start this organization, it was a collection of multiple resources and services that were working individually through different churches or organizations. We felt that if we came together and created one organization to help all of these different programs, we could serve our community Much better.”

MacLean said the organization started about four years ago, and distributed clothing about three years ago. Although the group is known for its food and apparel business, McClain said their leaders are also finding new ways to give, such as a recent partnership with Waskom Lions Club to buy free glasses for people in need.

We have already accepted the requests [for eyeglasses] “We’ve given five sponsorships so far this year,” McClain said. “We will continue to accept and review applications and give further sponsorship.”

Those looking to inquire about United Help services or wishing to make a donation can contact McLane by calling (903) 503-2010.

MacLean said they are always looking for donors who can provide clothing and food, but especially non-perishable foods like granola bars that might be packed into bags for local students. United Help leaders are ordering canned goods with top lids for families who may not have a can opener.

As for clothing, McClain said their organization looks for seasonal items like coats and pants for winter.

“We are not just a pantry or wardrobe,” MacLean said. “We try to listen to the needs of our society, we try to adapt or get creative.”

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