The giving back to the community really kicked off in 2019! The Foundation started the year by donating to the local backpack program that provides weekend meals to Fairfield school children who are in need.
In February a committee was formed and created the Kindness from Case Memorial Scholarship. This is a scholarship that is awarded to local seniors who are kind, compassionate, and involved in the community. Three scholarships were awarded to a graduating seniors from each county high school.
The Robinson family was asked to be the Grand Marshall for the Freestone County Fair and Rodeo Parade. All of the board members participated to spread the word about The Foundation. The board wanted to find a way to recognize a showman at the livestock show who went out of their way to help others during the fair week. The Foundation and Fair Board set criteria for the winner, and a buckle was awarded. The recipient was young man who spent countless hours preparing the show grounds and helping other showmen with their livestock projects. During the 4H Shotgun Shootout in San Angelo, a similar buckle was given to a 4H shooter. Both of the buckle recipients showed great character and attitudes.
The Foundation partnered with First Baptist church of Streetman during the summer. A lunch was supplied and served to the children in Streetman by The Foundation and the church provided fun water activities.
Most of the summer was spent organizing and planning the First Annual Kindness from Case Sporting Clays Shoot. A fundraiser planning committee was formed and 20 members of the community spent countless hours to ensure the success of the event. The initial goal of the fundraiser shoot was to be able to purchase 40 school supply packs for the county students. That goal was surpassed and 65 total school supply packs were distributed county wide. The shoot was a great success; over 300 participated in fun, fellowship, and fundraising. The monies raised will provide funds to continue our current projects and greatly increase the scholarship program for 2020.
In August The Community Food Pantry reached out to The Foundation to sponsor the “Kid Zone” area of the new Food Pantry. The Foundation was a presenting sponsor at their Country Fair Fundraiser and donated funds to complete the new project. A plaque will be placed in the “Kid Zone” area of the lobby of the Food Pantry in memory of Case.
In the fall, the Foundation was contacted by a student in the Navarro College Occupational Therapy Assistant program. The OTA program sponsors a fundraiser each year that goes directly to a charitable foundation. The Foundation partnered with the OTA program for a T-shirt fundraiser. All of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go directly into a scholarship fund that will be awarded to a graduating senior entering the medical field.
As the weather turned cooler, The Foundation was made aware that many local children did not have appropriate warm clothing. After reaching out to the county schools, the board members went to work. The Foundation was able to provide over 75 children with 2 sets of warm clothes, undergarments, and a coat. Soon after, The Foundation provided for 12 “Angel Tree” recipients. As Christmas quickly approached, The Foundation was contacted by residents at Richland Chambers Lake who had collected toys in a drive held at local businesses. The Foundation was able to distribute these toys, bikes, and gifts to many families in need.