5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, December 1, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Food Drive


The sixth annual Live Thankfully food drive is underway in Wise County.

The charitable undertaking is run by Dr. Dan Mallory of Mallory Orthodontics in Decatur and partners with schools across the county to find families who need groceries.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Shop for non-perishable food and drop it off at participating businesses, schools or Mallory Orthodontics, 2250 South FM 51 #800, in Decatur. Deadline to donate is Dec. 8.

2. Help pack grocery bags at Party with a Purpose on Dec. 9 at the McCarroll Middle School’s Multipurpose Building, 1201 W. Thompson St. The event starts at 5 p.m. Dozens of people usually show up, so it makes packing the bags easy-peasy.

Salvation Army


Don’t miss your opportunity to ring the Salvation Army bell. It is one of the most joyous ways you can volunteer this holiday season and it benefits your friends and neighbors right here in Wise County.

The Salvation Army has kettles at Walmart in Decatur and Brookshire’s in Bridgeport.

To volunteer at the Decatur location, go to To volunteer at the Bridgeport location, visit

If you’d rather talk to a person to sign up, call Holly Berry at 940-626-8691.



The Dallas Marathon, founded in 1971 by former Alvord resident Tal Morrison, is next weekend.

The marathan, half and ultra are Sunday, while the 10K, 5K, a 2-mile walk and kids races are Saturday. The races highlight some of Dallas’ most vibrant neighborhoods, entertainment districts and iconic landmarks, according to its website. A nonprofit organization, the marathon has donated more than $3.9 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since being named the race’s primary beneficiary in 1997.

When Morrison founded the race, it was known as the White Rock Marathon and grew over the years to include an international field of 20,000 runners, including several from Wise County every year.

“Just think, I scratched and clawed just to get 82 [runners],” Morrison told the Messenger in 2009, describing the early races.

Sadly, Morrison died in 2015. He was 93 years old.



Imagine 50 singers, a children’s choir and a dazzling 30-foot tree.

All of those elements, as well as beautiful pageantry and traditional Christmas music, are part of “The Gift of Christmas,” a holiday extravaganza at the First Baptist Church of Decatur next weekend.

The show is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. Free tickets can be picked up at the church office, 1200 Preskitt Road. Large groups are encouraged to call the church at 940-627-3235 to reserve seats.



Finish your Christmas shopping next week at Christmas Night Out in downtown Bridgeport.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, shoppers can sip wassail on Halsell, follow the Christmas Cookie Crawl and even get their photo taken with Santa’s sleigh.

Of course, there will also be plenty of time to shop and grab a bite to eat before going home to settle in for a long winter’s nap.

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