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Hallsville ISD Education Foundation kicks off fundraiser

By Bridget Ortigo
Nov. 17, 2016 at 4 a.m.

Wrapped Christmas presents by the Hallsville ISD Education Foundation are seen in 2015.

With the Christmas season just around the corner, schedules can get busy and time is of the essence. The Hallsville ISD Education Foundation is again looking to help out Christmas shoppers with their gift wrapping needs while also raising a little money for a good cause.

Running through Dec. 16, the Hallsville ISD Education Foundation has set its second annual Christmas Gift Wrapping Services, which benefits the foundation's Grants to Teachers program.

"It's a wonderful way for you to cross gift wrapping off of your to-do list," the foundation's Executive Director Beth Godsey said. "This fun and festive service helps us increase awareness about our grants to teachers and dual credit scholarships that support the students and teachers of Hallsville schools. And, your packages will be beautifully wrapped, you will save time, and the kids benefit."

The gifts can be dropped off at Godsey's office and a time and date will be set for the wrapped presents to be picked back up. The customer can pick out a color scheme for the gift wrap or a preferred style.

"This year, I'm also doing a free pick up and delivery service in the Hallsville area for those who might not be able to get out and bring them to us," Godsey said.

Gift wrapping costs are $5 per gift if using the foundation's wrapping paper and $3 per gift if customer's supply their own gift wrapping paper.

Gifts can be dropped off at Godsey's office at 300 Willow St. in Hallsville. To set up a drop off time, contact Godsey at (903) 668-5994.

The foundation gave back almost $40,000 to the district in teacher grants last year. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded 121 grants and 145 mini-grants totaling about $305,000.

Charted in the summer of 2001, the foundation exists to provide ways of bringing extra funding into Hallsville schools through tax-deductible contributions for projects above and beyond the regular budget.

The foundation is also gearing up for its annual #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29. Across the nation, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving day has been dubbed "Giving Tuesday," or a national day of giving, to kick off the holiday season and upcoming Christmas day.

The foundation will set up several online ways of giving to participate in Giving Tuesday this year, benefiting its teacher grants and scholarship programs.



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