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The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart kicks off with breakfast November 15


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The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart kicks off with breakfast November 15

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

The Panhandle Gives, led by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF), is now in its sixth year and its aim is to help non-profit organizations in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle to raise funds to provide services to their local residents. Whether donors prefer to support the safety of children, rural healthcare, seniors, a community college, those in need of food, or a historical museum – six of Dalhart’s nonprofits are collaborating to educate the community about the benefits of giving through The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart.

CASA 69, Frank Phillips College-Dalhart, XIT Museum, Dalhart Senior Center, Good Samaritan Food Bank, and Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation are the six Dalhart nonprofit organizations that are participating in The Panhandle Gives for 2022. These organizations have invited their donors to attend the Kickoff Breakfast on Tuesday November 15 at Central United Methodist Church and bring donations for their favorite organizations. A complimentary hot breakfast and coffee will be provided on a come-and-go basis from 7-9:30 a.m.

There is an extra benefit to participating in The Panhandle Gives—for any participating organization that raises at least $250, they will receive “amplification funds” from the AAF. AAF Marketing Director and TPG Coordinator Broc Carter states, “The AAF builds their Amplification Fund that is spread among the organizations based on the amount each raises. Organizations receive more back than they raise.”

Another exciting development occurred when two coffee shops in Dalhart collaborated to bring “Amplify Dalhart” coffee to the breakfast, a special cold brew pumpkin pie and white chocolate coffee. During the month of November, this coffee will also be sold at these two coffee shops: The Flying Pig Mercantile and Coffee & Tea Bar, and Purpose Coffee (inside the Pear Tree), with proceeds going toward The Panhandle Gives - Amplify Dalhart campaign. This collaboration once again proves that in Dalhart we are “stronger together.”

Donors may donate to their favorite organizations by writing their check to The Panhandle Gives and in the memo line write the name of the organization. The organizations must deposit checks between November 21-29, 2022. Donors may give online during these dates at www.thepanhandlegives. org and select your favorite organizations. Descriptions of each of these organizations and why they are participating are below.

Frank Phillips:
Frank Phillips College- Dalhart is participating in The Panhandle Gives Campaign to raise funds for the Rahll Campus Scholarship. The Rahll Campus Scholarship was established in 2022 to give Dalhart High School graduates an automatic scholarship to Frank Phillips College-Rahll Campus after they complete high school. These students sign a contract during their freshman year of high school stating that they will comply with the school’s policies that encourage attendance, good academic standing, and good behavior. This not only helps them, but also is a way that Frank Phillips is supporting the local high school.

This Scholarship will cover 20 hours of dual-credit enrollment when they are seniors in high school and will cover 36 hours after high school. Fall of 2022 was the first semester the Rahll Campus Scholarships were awarded to Dalhart High School students, with a total of 18 winning the scholarships. By providing this opportunity, Frank Phillips is educating the future leaders of our community. Frank Phillips’ goal is to raise $50,000. They hope you will “Donate to Educate” Dalhart.

Dalhart Senior Center:
The Dalhart Senior Center’s board members have been working since April to plan for the sustainability of the Center for many years to come. They have the utmost respect for the founders and are amazed at the Senior Center’s past success and participation. They ask that everyone in Dalhart watch for facility improvements and new programs in early 2023. The Senior Center’s goal for The Panhandle Gives is $52,000. This is how donations can help:

Provide an EXTRA WEEKEND MEAL that qualified recipients can use on weekends. We are partnering with the volunteers of Meals on Wheels to deliver this extra weekend meal while they are delivering the Friday meal to the recipient’s homes. In order to provide this extra weekend meal every Friday, for an average of 35 recipients, the program cost will be $12,740.

Provide a Prepared Meal to a SENIOR ON A FIXED INCOME who runs short of grocery money toward the end of the month. The High Plains Food Bank already screens seniors in our community who receive the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The Center will partner with the Good Samaritan Food Bank for meal voucher distribution. To provide a prepared meal, monthly, to the average 110 recipients the program cost will be $9,240.

Provide financial support toward the building of a walkin freezer, with an estimated cost of $30,000. The Senior Center currently has multiple freezers in various rooms that must be consolidated prior to remodeling in 2023.

Good Samaritan:
Good Samaritan serves people in Hartley, Dalhart, Conlen, Kerrick, Channing, and Texline. Around 114,000 pounds of food will be given out to senior citizens and families in need this year. Foster families and/or families suddenly responsible for children taken from their homes are helped through a program called “Blessing Bags,” which help provide necessary essentials these families might need. Clothing and other necessities are also provided when available.

On the third Wednesday of each month, CSFP (Commodity Supplement Food Program) boxes provided by the USDA are distributed to over 110 “seniors” (60 years of age or older who qualify because of income). Senior citizens are also helped with medicine purchases and utility bills up to $100 each quarter.

This year Good Samaritan has given out 94,163 items of clothing and household items to 2,186 families. Our Goal for The Panhandle Gives is $120,000 to go toward the purchase of much needed new facility.

Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation:
The Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation supports the Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District by advocating for healthcare services and raising funds to enhance programs, equipment, scholarships, and facilities in Dallam and Hartley Counties.

“Supporting rural healthcare for all generations” is the theme of the Foundation’s The Panhandle Gives campaign. This is the Foundation’s third year to participate in so our Board members are aware of the great benefit of receiving amplified dollars. The Foundation, along with the hospital district administration, has identified three focus areas that they invite donors to invest in:

Panda Infant Warmer-for newborns who need a little extra care. These warmers allow families to stay near their newborn, while the integrated technology features allow attending nurses and doctors to better monitor the newborn during this critical time. $26,000 is needed.

Dr. Cunningham Scholarship Fund -to be awarded to local students for healthcare studies or employees of the hospital district who are increasing their education and earning capacity. The scholarship fund is continually keeping the “pipeline full of prospective employees” for the hospital district. $30,000 is needed.

New Nursing Home-to replace the current facility, which was built in the 1960s. The new facility will be located just south of Frank Phillips College, with a view of Rita Blanca Lake. The 90-patient facility will serve the community for many years to come. Naming opportunities are available for major gifts. A donor’s family might like to make a memorial gift in memory of a family member or loved one.

XIT Museum: The XIT Museum’s mission is: Honoring Our Past and Building Our Future. The XIT Museum offers extensive exhibits on the Texas Panhandle. The museum also hosts visiting students for educational and artistic experiences. Throughout the year, visiting artists display their work and welcome the opportunity to meet Museum members and visitors.

The goal for XIT Museum is to raise $50,000 for the renovation/re-model of the lobby area. The vision for this area is to welcome visitors from around the United States and the world to learn about the XIT country. The lobby will become a venue for receptions and gatherings, allowing the XIT Museum to become a cultural hub of the community.

CASA 69:
CASA 69 (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system that have experienced abuse and neglect. Last year CASA 69 served 105 local children.

The goal for the 2022 campaign for CASA 69 is $20,000. They are raising funds for travel expenses for their volunteer advocates to visit their CASA kids. Due to a shortage of foster homes in our rural area, children that are removed from their homes out of Dallam and Hartley counties are placed all over the state of Texas and occasionally even out of state. Volunteer advocates are appointed from the county that the child was removed from and stays with that child no matter where they may be placed.

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