Summer, a time for playing games and hanging out with your friends, is one of the best times children create lasting memories. But for a single mom with three children, summer also brings on new challenges. She often has to leave her oldest in charge of the younger siblings while she is at work.
That is where Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) steps in. The North Tarrant County faith-based organization, which assists community members in crisis, provides 35,000 lunches each summer as part of Feed Our Children. That nutritious lunch, served by dedicated volunteers, may be the only meal some children eat all day.
But food is only the beginning of GRACE’s summer programs. Volunteers also provide the children with the chance to play sports and board games, to create art and last summer to watch a horse being shoed.
“Some kids don’t have the advantages of other kids. But we create memories. And we want every summer to be one they will remember,” said Executive Director Shonda Schaefer.
GRACE funds many of its children’s programs, including its Christmas Cottage, with an event, Drive Into The Night. On April 4, golfers will tee-off at twilight at the Grapevine Golf Course to play nine holes, using glow-in-the-dark balls—all to support neighbors in need.
“GRACE is one of the most effective organizations in Tarrant County at providing so many children with the support they need,” said Nanette Luker with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “Brian and I wanted to do everything we could to help fund these programs for children.”
GRACE encourages its clients to become self-sufficient through emergency assistance, a food pantry, Outreach to Health Community Clinic, transitional housing for up to two years, and holiday food distribution at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Christmas Cottage allows parents to walk through a holiday-decorated warehouse filled with gifts they can choose for their children as well as an item for themselves.
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