Standing at far left, Ken Mosely, Commander of VFW Post 7767, hands a check for $360 to Sharon Wimberley, President of the Stephens County Welfare Board,
Standing at far left, Ken Mosely, Commander of VFW Post 7767, hands a check for $360 to Sharon Wimberley, President of the Stephens County Welfare Board, while John Blue, far right, who is President of the Men s Auxiliary at the VFW Post 7767, hands a similar check for $360 to Shirley Brendenberger, who also is a member of the Welfare Board. The Post 7767 raised $360 and the Men s Auxiliary matched those funds with funds they raised for the second check of $360. This donation of $720 will go toward helping the 19 foster children who now live in Stephens County. (Jean Hayworth)
The Stephens County Welfare Board welcomed the sizable donation from the VFW Post 7767, which will go toward the foster children who live in Stephens County. “We are always looking for ways to help our community  and when we saw this need, we wanted to do something about it,” said Ken Mosely, Commander of the local VFW Post 7767. “Our members raised the $360 and then the Men's Auxiliary of the Post 7767 said they would match whatever we raised, thus the second check for $360.”
Wimberley and Brandenberger collectively expressed their appreciation on the behalf of the foster children who are living in Stephens County.
The Welfare Board is sponsoring a fundraiser raffle/donation to raise funds for the foster children who reside in Stephens County. The fundraiser is a “Two-Day Hunt” for two people at the Homestead House, owned by Burrell and Dana McKelvain, who also is a member of the Welfare Board. The home is located in southwestern Stephens County, between Breckenridge and Moran, on 320 acres.
The winner of the Two-Day Hunt will be drawn at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the County Commissioner's meeting room in the Stephens County Courthouse.
The hunting package includes two days/one night of hunting for two people, which is available Monday thru Thursday, for doe, turkey and hogs.
Each year the Stephens County Welfare Board works to earn funds to purchase school supplies, Christmas presents, birthday gifts and other special needs for the children who are in Foster Care in Stephens County. It is the goal of the Welfare Board to bring some joy to these children who are in our care. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the benefit of the foster children who reside in Stephens County, at this time.
In April, there were nine foster children in “our” care and when school began in September, the number had more than doubled to 19, with a possibility of  five more being added soon. As a result, the Welfare Board will require much more funding this year than in past years. The fundraiser raffle/donation to raise the necessary funds for this year is the Two-Day Hunt.
The raffle/donation tickets cost $10 each and will be on sale through Wednesday, Oct. 30, with the drawing Oct. 31. Tickets also are  being sold in other area communities as well as Breckenridge.
Tickets will be available at both banks and the Chamber of Commerce or from Welfare Board members.
Early raffle/donation checks can be mailed to: The Stephens County Foster Child Welfare Board, P.O. Box 494, Breckenridge, Tx. 76424.
For information, call McKelvain at 325-945-2309 or email to dana.mckelvain@gmail.com.