9-year-old girl needs forever family

This week’s Children are a Gift foster child is a 9-year-old girl who needs guidance and attention to help her overcome some obstacles. Chloe is very active and enjoys being busy. “It’s going to be fun,” she said, heading to the trampoline at iJump in Tyler. “Chloe is a really sweet girl. She loves…

Queen's family legacy rooted in festival traditions

  Texas Rose Festival Queen Madeline Wynne, 19, says her time away at college is giving her a fresh perspective on the town she calls home and the role she’s playing to promote it. Miss Wynne follows in the footsteps of grandmother, Maymerle Shirley Brown, who was tapped 60 years ago to serve as queen, but her spin on tradition and on life,

Special boy brings joy to his family

All around the world children with special needs are waiting to be chosen by committed families. Children with special needs are first and foremost just children, and like all children they need love and attention to help them grow and develop. An East Texas family fell head over heels for one special boy in

Jewel of Palestine

  There is no mistaking the Anderson County Courthouse. The imposing Renaissance Revival building with a shiny silver dome strategically rests on top of the hill overlooking downtown Palestine, like an emperor’s palace. Equal parts seat of justice, museum and historical landmark, the courthouse has been the undeniable focal point of the town

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Giving gifts of real estate and minerals

The sprayground at Faulkner Park is alive with the sights and sounds of splashing water and children’s laughter. No one loves the sound of children’s laughter or the pop of a tennis ball at the nearby tennis courts more than…

01 August 2015 [08:25 PM]
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9-year-old girl needs forever family

This week’s Children are a Gift foster child is a 9-year-old girl who needs guidance and attention to help her overcome some…

01 August 2015 [08:24 PM]
Do young fundraisers learn generosity?

I spent Friday nights at the library in my middle school years. The library was directly across the street from the bowling alley where my dad bowled. So, every Friday I would load up a stack of books to be…

25 July 2015 [08:16 PM]
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Special boy brings joy to his family

All around the world children with special needs are waiting to be chosen by committed families. Children with special needs are first…

25 July 2015 [08:15 PM]
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Jewel of Palestine

There is no mistaking the Anderson County Courthouse. The imposing Renaissance Revival building with a shiny silver dome strategically rests…

25 July 2015 [08:10 PM]
Women's 'will power' adds strength to charitable giving

Mrs. Maryo Huff was a woman ahead of her time. Born in Oklahoma in 1906, she later moved to Tyler and married Bill Huff, a partner in the Reynolds and Huff road construction business. She was a businesswoman in her…

18 July 2015 [07:42 PM]
U.S. takes No. 2 spot in Index of Philanthropic Freedom

As we celebrated Inde-pendence Day last week, it reminded me of the freedom we enjoy to give generously to the causes we care about. John F. Kennedy said it this way, “The raising of extraordinarily large sums of money, given…

11 July 2015 [07:36 PM]
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Give well: Family stories spark giving

Stories bind us, one generation to another. From parent to child, grandparent to grandchild, children learn what’s important to a family through…

04 July 2015 [05:31 PM]
Collisions of light, love define philanthropy's impact

Impact — the force of two things colliding — is strikingly illustrated in the solar system. Any star might be involved in a “stellar collision” which occurs when the force of gravity pulls two stars together into one larger unit.…

27 June 2015 [11:37 PM]
Father's gift to sons is lesson in generosity

Father’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on good times we have had with our fathers. While thinking about the influence of fathers on this special day, I remembered a story told by Tim Brookshire about his fath-er. Tim…

20 June 2015 [08:22 PM]
Great givers look for problems that break their hearts

What breaks your heart?” That was the question posed by Andy Stan-ley during the opening session of “Leadercast,” a one-day leadership event that was broadcast live on May 8 to a worldwide audience. Stanley, a communicator, author and pastor, used…

06 June 2015 [07:52 PM]
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Secret Murals of Smith County

Sometimes murals are found where least expected — inside the children’s area of a small-town public library, strategically placed inside a school…

30 May 2015 [08:25 PM]
Family businesses very philanthropic

Since East Texas Communities Foundation was established in 1989, the organization has served to support the philanthropic interests of local business owners. Our region is full of hard-working business owners who have built enterprises that serve the needs of people…

30 May 2015 [08:12 PM]
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