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Donations of water and snacks for local firefighters are being taken. Donations may be dropped off at the VFW Post 6899 on Caroline Street. For more information call Dawn Bray at (936) 355-9634.

Julias TidbitsSummer days are over. We survived 46 days of over 100-degree temperatures. School has started, football has started, and hurricanes have started. I think we are ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at us except fire.

We need to donate water and snacks for our firefighters to the south. One place to leave donations to help in Trinity is at the VFW Post 6899 on Caroline Street. They are gathering supplies as we speak. Call Dawn Bray if you can help at (936) 355-9634.

Please try not to do anything that would cause a fire to get out of control at your facility or home, as our first responders are maxed out.

•The next couple of weeks, I will be repeating events for September and October, so please call or text me at (936) 537-8171 to report your news.

•Sept. 12 is the Women’s Celebration at First Methodist Church of Trinity on Elm Street at 6 p.m.

•Sept. 16, the VFW Post 6899 is hosting a fundraiser at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street starting at 11 a.m. and ending with a dance at 11 p.m.

•Sept. 17, the Knights of Columbus from the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church are sponsoring a Blood Drive in the parking lot of Brookshire Brothers from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

•Sept. 22, TISD staff and students will not have school this day to participate in the 74th Annual TCFA fair and livestock show.

•Sept. 22-23 are the actual fair days for the Trinity community to attend the fair, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. each day. Last free fair in Texas.

•Sept. 29-30, Westwood Shores Subdivision is hosting its annual fall garage sale on FM 356. The event starts at 8 a.m. each day and ends at 5 p.m. each day.

•Oct. 5-7, First Methodist Church is hosting its fall rummage sale inside the church on Elm Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day except Saturday, which ends at 2 p.m.

•Oct. 7 is the Eddie and Maxie afternoon dance from noon until 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street.

•Oct. 10 is Scholarship Night 2024 for TISD senior students to learn about local scholarships. This event will be held at the Trinity Community Center at 6 p.m.

•Oct. 15 through Oct. 31, First Methodist Church is hosting the annual Pumpkin Patch, located downtown at their vacant lot next door to Trinity County Real Estate office on Highway 19 North, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. most days except Sundays, which is from noon to 4 p.m.

•Oct. 21, Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the East Texas District Fire Convention and training at the Trinity Fire Station on Elm Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

•Oct. 21, SAAFE House of Trinity is hosting the 13th annual Denim & Diamonds Bingo Fundraiser at the Trinity Community Center next to McDonald’s from 5 to 9 p.m.

•Oct. 28, the 16th annual Wall of Honor Trinity County Veteran’s fundraiser will be held at Scheelbillies’ Saloon on FM 356 from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call Bill Reeves at (936) 661-7107 for raffle tickets and to make donations.

•Oct. 28, TISD High School Seniors are hosting a senior haunted house fundraiser from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the Trinity High School campus. The cost is $5 per person.

•Oct. 31, Halloween Night, Treats on the Street will take place on Elm Street in downtown Trinity at 6:30 p.m. Prices, money, food, bicycles, and candy will be given away until 8 p.m.

I will alert you to a new fundraiser coming in November for the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity. It will be held at VFW Post 6899 fellowship hall on Caroline Street in the evening. It will be a Bingo Bonanza. Stay tuned to this station.

•I have several projects that I have taken on to benefit the elderly citizens and the children of Trinity. I have liked to help people all my life and as far back as I can remember I used whatever talents I had to serve and support others.

My earliest recollection is playing the piano at Vacation Bible School in 1956, and my latest event was on Valentine’s Day, with a dinner and dance for the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity in February of this year.

I am relating this information to you because sometimes I am proud of my service and sometimes, I am jealous of others who benefit from my carving the way for their organizations to take advantage of Trinity’s generosity.

In my opinion, some organizations use our facilities free, copy our ideas, and generate money that does not benefit our children or Trinity’s older citizens. I do not wish to offend anyone, but it offends me that after you have taken $100,000 from a fundraiser in the spring, another fundraiser is scheduled on the same day as one of our major fundraisers to support our community and even one organization is taking our Event name to advertise their fundraiser, even though it is for a good cause.

I have been sponsoring a Community Calendar for 25 years so local people and organizations could benefit from their fundraisers and not rain on anyone else’s parade.

Events on the same day or same weekend is not the problem. Using other organizations’ themes or established fundraising name on the same date and time is a problem. Especially when most of Trinity County goes to as many events as possible to support our friends in other surrounding cities.

SAAFE House, the organization who provides a haven for domestic abused women and advocates for children, is probably the first organization in East Texas that started countywide purse bingo fundraisers. I know I have been involved with their organization for 13 years here in Trinity, and they were having fundraisers in Huntsville before 2010 featuring bingo games to generate money.

So, remember, if you are having a fundraiser on an already established date that has been raising funds for their citizens for years, please be kind and check not only the date, but the time and place also.

For instance, you know each year the county and the community hold fairs, along with volunteer fire department fundraisers, Lent and Easter events, Crawfish Boils, spring break, Fourth of July fireworks, Treats on the Treats, the Trinity Chamber Christmas Show, school Christmas breaks, graduation day and awards night, and most of these events are held about the same time and place each year, so be thoughtful and respectful of each other’s organization, church or school. There is no limit to generosity.

See you at the Fair.

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