Carter 7 Fashion Lounge (Carla Smith), G County Apparel (Robert Hockley), DGA Decorations (Maduesuel and Lakesha Curry) Vickie’s Hidden Treasures (Victoria Taylor), LRT Air & Heating Service (Fred and Nicki Jones), Iron Man Club, Light of Perception (Tyerre El Amin Boyd), Reality of Wrestling, Toys for Tots, as well as The Daily News, and a host of community supporters have all come together for our fourth annual toy drive giveaway, founded by G-County Hope Foundation in 2013.

When most people think of giving back they think of monetary contributions and although I believe that is very important, there are many other ways we can give back to our community. Every community, whether large or small, has people who need to be reached by the love of others and that is something that successful people should be led to do. This will be our third year doing our “Best Money Ever Spent Toy Drive Giveaway.” This year we plan to reach 700 children; 350 boys and 350 girls.

The golden rule is to do unto others as you would want them to do unto you and this goes along with helping out others in need as well. Some time in our life we may need a contribution or helping hand and if we have not been that for someone else when we had the chance, we might not get the help we need.

G-County Hope Foundation is a registered nonprofit established to serve the underprivileged of Galveston County. It’s our mission through the acts of caring, volunteering, donating and organizing events/drives to uplift and inspire the spirit of humanity and hope throughout our community. We strive to be one of the pillars that hold our community up. In the vast sea of hope, it’s our goal to be the rising tide that lifts all boats.

This year the toy drive giveaway will be held Christmas Eve. We will give out toys at the following locations:

• Noon — Parkland Apartments (formerly SandPiper Cove), 3916 Winnie St., in Galveston (in parking lot No. 2 across from the recreation center);

• 1 p.m. — Paks Food Store, 1025 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City (in parking lot);

• 2 p.m. — Food Rite Super Market, 5320 FM 1765, in Texas City (in parking lot near O’Reilly Auto Parts Store);

• 3 p.m. — Independent Missionary Village of Hitchcock, 6607 Prino Road, in Hitchcock (in circle area near office); and

• 4 p.m. — Church Village Apartments, 2909 Deats Road, in Dickinson (in rear parking lot).

One way we need to show our gratitude for what we have is by giving back. None of us would be where we are today were it not for the great circumstances in which we have grown up. Therefore, it is not just a good thing to give back, it is our duty to try and make the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves.

If you are interested in helping donate to help any of the families that the businesses have adopted please contact me by calling 832-677-7551 or by visiting our website at

Carla Smith is the owner of Carter 7 Fashion Lounge in Texas City.


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