Where to find help this holiday season

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 10, 2018

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We’re officially entering the holiday season.

For many, it’s a time of sharing a feast with family and friends, or giving gifts to loved ones.

But it can also be a time of struggle for those looking to make ends meet while trying to make the holiday a happy one for their family.

Wise County has several different programs to help local residents make the season a little brighter. Many of those programs are currently accepting applications and donations.


Applications for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas are now available at the Decatur Public Library. The deadline to return the applications is Thursday, Nov. 15.

Monetary donations may be made at DATCU and First State Bank in Decatur.

Program organizers say their goal is to provide at least $100 for each child. Last year the program helped 192 children.


Christmas in Paradise applications are available through the school counselors at all Paradise ISD campuses and also at the Finish Line Cafe. The deadline to return completed applications is Nov. 23.


Applications for the Boyd Lions Club Spirit of Christmas program are now available at all Boyd ISD campuses and at Boyd City Hall. This program assists struggling families in providing children ages 0 to 17 with needed clothing and gifts for Christmas.

Forms must be returned no later than Monday, Nov. 26 to qualify.

If you’d like to help, donations may be made at Wells Fargo or First Financial Bank locations in Boyd.


Spirit of Christmas applications for Rhome and South Wise residents are available at Rhome City Hall, 501 S. Main. Applications are due Nov. 15.

South Wise Spirit of Christmas provides toys and clothes for economically disadvantaged children.


The Decatur Police Department is accepting applications for Santa Cops through Dec. 2. Applications can be picked up at the police department or printed online at

Donations of new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations can be dropped off at the police department through Dec. 14.

For information, call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0303.


The Bridgeport Police Department will have applications available for its Santa Cops program beginning Monday, Nov. 12. Applications will be available on the police department’s social media accounts and at the police station.

In the past couple of years, the program has helped between 75 and 100 kids each year, according to BPD Chief Steve Stanford.


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is collecting new, unwrapped toys through its Santa’s Deputies program to help the less fortunate children in Wise County.

Applications to be a recipient of the Santa’s Deputies program should be completed and returned by Dec. 6. Applications can be obtained at the sheriff’s office lobby, 200 Rook Ramsey in Decatur.

To donate, bring your toy or monetary gift donation to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office 24 hours a day before Dec. 19.

For information, call Susan Gomez at 940-627-5971, ext. 227.


Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will hold its Annual Turkey Giveaway for those in need of food assistance Tuesday, Nov. 20, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Anyone who wants to volunteer on that day should sign up at the following link:

Information about the program can be found at

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