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Wolfabilene Updates Archives for 2019-11

Unattended kitchens leading cause of holiday cooking fires

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Fire Department said cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays.

 

"The biggest thing is people leaving their cooking unattended," said Lt. Scott Slack, an arson investigator with AFD. "It's best to stay in the kitchen while you're cooking."

 

The peak-day for cooking fires is Thanksgiving Day.

 

The average claim in Texas was more than $45,000.

 

"When you are cooking in the kitchen, you do need to be aware of dish towels, cords, and stuff like that," said Slack. "Just because you turn your oven top off doesn't mean it's still not hot."

 

If a cooking fire starts, don't put water on it.

 

"The best thing you can do is cover it with a lid," said Slack. "We don’t want you throwing water or stuff on top of it. If you can’t cover it with a lid, then just get everyone out of the house and call 911 so we can do our job.”

 

You should also have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and working smoke detectors in the home.

 

If you plan to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, keep it at least 10-15 feet away from any structure.

 

"You want to premeasure how much oil you want to put in your fryer," said Slack. "You need to make sure your turkey is thawed and your turkey is dry.”

 

 

 

 

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By Cortney Brown

Tips for donating during Love and Care Ministries' Mission: Thanksgiving at Arrow Ford

 

 

Organizers of Mission: Thanksgiving have made the donation system as efficient as possible for the 21st annual event Friday at Arrow Ford.

 

Here's what donors need to know to easily and quickly contribute to Love & Care Ministries' drive to collect goods for people experiencing homelessness or in need. 

 

Drivers headed eastbound on South First Street near the Ford dealership, 4001 S. First St., are advised to take precautions because of the added traffic during the donation hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

 

Courtney Pruett, left, helps unload a car during Mission: Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at Arrow Ford.

Courtney Pruett, left, helps unload a car during Mission: Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at Arrow Ford.

 

 

Where do I donate? 

 

Traffic will be directed to flow one way through the Arrow Ford parking lot. Enter the far west entrance to the parking lot and follow directions to the area where volunteers will unload the donations from the vehicles.

 

 

What is needed?

 

Canned goods, clothing, sleeping bags, blankets and more. When possible, items should be bagged instead of boxed for easier loading into the semi-trailers. 

 

 

Can I donate money?

 

Volunteers can accept cash, checks and credit card donations. 

 

"We just started that (electronic donations) last year, and it worked out pretty good. We had several people who came through who did that," said Carolyn Hewitt, office manager for Love & Care Ministries.

 

 

I live outside Abilene. Are there other locations to donate?

 

Mission: Thanksgiving will be taking place at the same time at Love & Care Ministries' facilities in Clyde, 605 S. First St., and Merkel, 906 N. Third St. 

 

 

 

 

 

By Laura Gutschke

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

ThriveABI grassroots community initiative seeks ideas to improve Abilene quality of life

 

 

For all those times people wished Abilene had this or did that differently, now is a chance to share that insight and help spark change.

 

The Community Foundation of Abilene is joining forces with other community stakeholders in a grassroots initiative called ThriveABI to chart a new path for improving the city's quality of life. The first major step is gathering input, advice, concerns and ideas from many people across the city.

 

The information will be used to establish goals and develop programs that transform those goals into reality, according to a CFA news release. 

 

 

 

To foster input, an open community forum is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. 

 

"Attendees will be seated at tables of nine to have a candid dialogue about what they like about Abilene, what issues are important to them and where they'd like to see Abilene go in the future," the release said. 

 

Also at each table will be a leader to guide the conversation and a scribe to document ideas.

 

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(Photo: Courtesy Community Foundation of Abilene)

 

Two more forums will be conducted Dec. 9 and 10 at locations to be determined.

 

For information, contact Megan Dobbs at mbdobbs@cfabilene.org or 325-676-3883.

 

 

 

 

By Laura Gutschke

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

Abilene pianists show off their skills

 

 

The Abilene Music Teachers Association will conduct a piano music fall festival at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall at McMurry University. Piano solos and ensembles will be presented throughout the day.

 

Admission is free.

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

 

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

Pop-up dance

 

An Eller Hall Pop-Up Dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the T&P Event Center, 901 N. First St.

 

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

 

'Ghost of a Chance'

 

CISCO — The Cisco College theater department will present an encore production of "Ghost of a Chance" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Crawford Theatre on campus. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and a dessert will be served during intermission.

 

Tickets are $15. For tickets, call 254-442-5000 or go to crawford.tix.com.

 

And more ...

 

  • ALBANY — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a festival celebrating the Tonkawa people will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. in Albany. Admission is free.

 

  • A free showing of "Mary Poppins Returns," rated PG, will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

  • TYE — The Wagon Wheel Squares will conduct a square dance workshop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wagon Wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

Things to do in and around Abilene

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

 

Lunch for veterans

 

A free lunch will be served to veterans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 1381 S. Danville Road. Proof of service is required.

 

 

'Loves God, Likes Girls'

 

The local premiere screening of the film "Loves God, Likes Girls" will begin at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $7. For tickets or information, go to paramountabilene.com.

 

 

Dance

 

OLD GLORY — A country music dance will be 7-10 p.m. at the Old Glory Community Center. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 940-989-2816.

 

 

Percussion concert

 

The Abilene Christian University Percussion Ensemble and Steelband will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium on campus. Admission is free.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Overeaters Anonymous, noon, Abilene Public Library South Branch, Mall of Abilene.
  • Schizophrenia Support Group, 1-2 p.m., Mental Health Association of Abilene, 333 Orange St. 325-673-2300.
  • Parkinson's Exercise Class, 3:15 p.m., Hendrick Health Club, 2110 Pine St.
  • Anorexics Bulimics Anonymous, 6 p.m., Shades of Hope, 402A Mulberry St., Buffalo Gap. 800-588-4673.
  • Hendrick Ostomy support group, 6:30 p.m., Diabetes Center, 1742 Hickory St.
  • Abilene Quilters Guild, 6:30 p.m., Highland Church of Christ, Room No. 112. Meet-and-greet at 6:45 p.m. 325-676-1478.
  • Central Texas Gem & Mineral Society of Abilene, 7 p.m., 7607 Highway 277 South. 325-692-0063.
  • Abilene Toastmaster’s Club 1071, 7 p.m., Conference Center, Texas State Technical College, 650 E. Highway 80. 325-692-7325 or abilene.toastmastersclubs.org.
  • Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1501 N. Broadway, Ballinger. 817-689-2810 or 325-977-1007.
  • Mid-City Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First Christian Church. 325-670-4304.
  • Memory Men (4-part a cappella singing), 7 p.m., First Baptist Church University Place, 302 Hickory St. 325-676-SING or www.memorymen.org.
  • Abilene Community Band rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., Bynum Band Hall, McMurry University. 325-232-7383.
  • South Pioneer Al-Anon Group, 8 p.m., 3157 Russell Ave.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Avoca United Methodist Church. 325-773-2611.
  • Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Group. 325-676-1400.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

 

Interfaith discussion

 

Professors Dan Stiver and Tom Copeland will present "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" at noon in Gerhart Hall at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. A potluck lunch will be served. Admission is free.

 

 

Business workshop

 

Texas Tech Small Business Development Center Abilene will conduct a workshop, “Buy and Sell a Small Business,” from 6-8 p.m. in the Texas Tech Training Center, 749 Gateway St., Suite 301. Space is limited. To make a reservation, call 325-670-0300.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Mission on the Move Soup Kitchen, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, 1102 N. Willis St.
  • Dining For Women — Abilene Chapter, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Christian Church, 1420 N. Third St. 325-677-2186.
  • Duplicate Bridge, 11:45 a.m., Mabel Lilius Bridge Center, 3001 S. Ninth St. 325-672-7990.
  • Abilene Southwest Rotary Club, noon, Beehive Restaurant, 442 Cedar St.
  • High Noon Al-Anon, noon, Southern Hills Church of Christ, 3666 Buffalo Gap Road (south end; follow the yellow signs).
  • Stroke/Aphasia Recovery Program support group, 1:30-2:30 p.m. West Texas Rehabilitation Center boardroom, 4601 Hartford St. 325-793-3535.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), 3:30 p.m., Brook Hollow Christian Church, 2310 S. Willis St. 325-232-7444.
  • Dystonia Support Group, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Not Without Us, 3301 N. First St. Suite 117.
  • Legacies Al-Anon Family Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Open Door Building, 3157 Russell Ave. 325-280-7584.
  • MHAA Support Group, 6-8 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech St. 325-673-2300. Park on Beech Street side.
  • Free certified nurturing parent class (pregnancy to toddler), 6-8 p.m., Mission Church, North Third and Mockingbird streets. 325-672-9398.
  • Methodist Children’s Home Foster Parent Orientation, 6-8 p.m., 500 Chestnut, Suite 1621. 325-672-9398.
  • Abilene Star Chorus, 6:15 p.m., Wisteria Place Assisted Living Chapel, 3202 S. Willis St.
  • Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Exodus Metropolitan Community Church, 1933 S. 27th St.
  • Abilene Chapter of American Association of Professional Coders, 6:30 p.m., in the board room next to the Tom Roberts Conference Center, second floor, Hendrick Medical Center, 1900 N. Pine St. Free AAPC CEU offered at every meeting. 325-435-9059.
  • Women of Combat Veterans Group, 6:30 p.m., Anson Housing Authority building.
  • West Texas Genealogical Society, 6:30 p.m., Abilene Public Library South Branch, Mall of Abilene.
  • Al-Anon Parents Group, 7 p.m., Hillcrest Church of Christ, 650 E. Ambler Ave. Use Church Street entrance.
  • Al-Anon, 7 p.m., Doug Meinzer Activity Center, Knox City. 940-658-3926.
  • Abilene Society of Model Railroaders, 7-8:30 p.m., 598 Westwood Drive.
  • Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.

 

 

ASPERMONT — A catfish buffet fundraiser will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stonewall County Senior Citizens Center, 516 S. Washington. The cost is $10. Takeout will be available.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Overeaters Anonymous, 8 a.m., Baker Heights Church of Christ, 5382 Texas Ave.
  • Abilene Cactus Lions Club, 11:45 a.m., Beehive Restaurant, 442 Cedar St.
  • Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club, noon, Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway. $12 for lunch. Jo Ann Wilson, 325-677-6815.
  • Kiwanis Club of Abilene, noon, Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.
  • Clearly Speaking Toastmaster Club, noon, Hunter Welcome Center, Abilene Christian University.
  • Diabetes Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Stonewall County Library.
  • Parkinson's Exercise Class, 3:15 p.m., Hendrick Health Club, 2110 Pine St.
  • Veterans Peer Support Group, 6 p.m., 765 Orange St. 325-670-4818.
  • Mid-week Al-Anon Family Group, 6-7 p.m., Open Door Building, 3157 Russell Ave. 325-698-4995.
  • Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1501 N. Broadway, Ballinger. 817-689-2810 or 325-977-1007.
  • DivorceCare support group, 7 p.m., Hillcrest Church of Christ, 650 E. Ambler Ave. 325-691-4200.

 

 

Comedian Ron White.

Comedian Ron White

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

 

Bazaar

 

ANSON — A bazaar will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 832 Commercial Ave. A dinner will be served for $10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For information, call 325-823-3881.

 

 

ArtWalk

 

ArtWalk, a program of Center for Contemporary Arts, will take place from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Abilene. The theme will be "Veteran Appreciation." Vendors, food trucks and live music will be available.

 

 

Ron White on stage

 

Ron White will present his stand-up comedy show at 8 p.m. at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. Tickets start at $45. For tickets or information, go to tatersalad.com.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Abilene Garden Club, 10 a.m., 300 Westwood St.
  • Chronic Pain and Depression Group, 11 a.m. to noon, Mental Health Association of Abilene, 333 Orange St., 325-673-2300.
  • Abilene Founder Lions Club, 11:30 a.m., Al’s Mesquite Grill, 4801 Buffalo Gap Road.
  • Duplicate Bridge, 11:45 a.m., Mabel Lilius Bridge Center, 3001 S. Ninth St. 325-672-7990.
  • Kiwanis Club of Greater Abilene, noon, Beehive Restaurant second floor, 442 Cedar St. 325-692-5673.
  • Mental Illness Open Support Group, 1-2 p.m., Mental Health Association of Abilene, 333 Orange St. 325-673-2300.
  • Abilene 42 Club, 6 p.m., Rose Park Senior Center.
  • PEP (People Enjoying People) Club, 6 p.m., Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road 325-692-4909.
  • Teen Recovery Group, 6-7 p.m., Mission Abilene, 3001 N. Third St.
  • Free certified nurturing parent class (all ages), 6-8 p.m., Mission Church, North Third and Mockingbird streets. 325-672-9398.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30 p.m. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4933 S. Seventh St. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m. 325-665-5052.
  • Gambler’s Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Living Center, 2842 Barrow St. 325-338-2575.
  • Tea Party Patriots of Eastland County, 7 p.m., Myrtle Wilks Community Center, Cisco.
  • South Pioneer Al-Anon Group, 8 p.m., 3157 Russell Ave.
  • Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.
  • Hendrick Hospice Care sponsors a “Gone But Not Lost” support group the second Thursday of each month for any bereaved parent who has lost a child of any age. Information: 325-677-8516 or 1-800-622-8516.

 

 

Gene Kelly (left) Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in "Singin' In The Rain."

Gene Kelly (left) Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in "Singin' In The Rain."

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Parkinson's Exercise Class, 3:15 p.m., Hendrick Health Club, 2110 Pine St.
  • Abilene Chinese Corner, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Abilene Christian University library. lld09a@acu.edu.
  • Mid-City Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First Christian Church. 325-670-4304.

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

 

Piano fall festival

 

The Abilene Music Teachers Association will conduct a piano music fall festival at 9 a.m. in the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall at McMurry University. Piano solos and ensembles will be presented throughout the day. Admission is free.

 

 

Tonkawa festival

 

ALBANY — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a festival celebrating the Tonkawa people will open from noon to 3 p.m. at the Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. Traditional crafts, games, food and music will be presented. Admission is free.

 

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

 

Movie at the library

 

A free showing of "Mary Poppins Returns," rated PG, will begin at 3 p.m. at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

 

Pop-up dance

 

An Eller Hall Pop-Up Dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. at the T&P Event Center, 901 N. First St. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

 

 

'Ghost of a Chance'

 

The Cisco College theater department will present an encore production of "Ghost of a Chance" at 7:30 p.m. in Crawford Theatre on campus in Cisco. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and a dessert will be served during intermission. Tickets are $15. For tickets, call 254-442-5000 or go to crawford.tix.com.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Shades of Hope, 402A Mulberry St., Buffalo Gap. 800-588-4673.
  • Big Country Chapter American Association of Medical Transcriptionists meeting, 10 a.m., Arbec Room, first floor, Texas State Technical College, East Highway 80, Abilene. For medical transcriptionists or anyone interested in becoming one. 325-698-8898.
  • Abilene Society of Model Railroaders, 10 a.m. to noon, 598 Westwood Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

Things to do next week: ArtWalk honors our veterans

 

 

ArtWalk, a monthly program of The Center for Contemporary Arts, will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Abilene. The theme will be "Veteran Appreciation," including veteran art demonstrations.

 

Vendors and food trucks will be available, and the Blan Scott Band will perform. ArtHEALS will be presented from 7-8 p.m.

 

For information, call 325-677-8389.

 

Ron White on stage

 

Ron White will present his stand-up comedy show at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

 

Tickets start at $45. For tickets or information, go to tatersalad.com.

 

'Loves God, Likes Girls'

 

The world premiere screening of the film "Loves God, Likes Girls" will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

 

 

Tickets are $7. For tickets or information, go to paramountabilene.com.

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

 

 

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

Percussion concert

 

The Abilene Christian University Percussion Ensemble and Steelband will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Cullen Auditorium on campus. Admission is free.

 

Piano fall festival

 

The Abilene Music Teachers Association will conduct a piano music fall festival at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall at McMurry University. Piano solos and ensembles will be presented throughout the day. Admission is free.

 

'Ghost of a Chance'

 

CISCO — The Cisco College theater department will present an encore production of "Ghost of a Chance" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in Crawford Theatre on campus. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and a dessert will be served during intermission.

 

Tickets are $15. For tickets, call 254-442-5000 or go to crawford.tix.com.

 

And more ...

 

  • A free lunch will be served to veterans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Texas Roadhouse, 1381 S. Danville Road. Proof of service is required.

 

  • OLD GLORY — A country music dance will be 7-10 p.m. Monday at the Old Glory Community Center. A live band will perform and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 940-989-2816.

 

  • Professors Dan Stiver and Tom Copeland will present "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" at noon Tuesday in Gerhart Hall at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. Admission is free.

 

  • ANSON — A bazaar will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 832 Commercial Ave. A dinner will be served for $10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For information, call 325-823-3881.

 

  • ALBANY — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a festival celebrating the Tonkawa people will open from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. Traditional crafts, games, food and music will be presented. Admission is free.

 

  • Abilene Ballet Theatre will present its Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at 2 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at Abilene Woman's Club, 3425 S. 14th St. Tickets start at $25. For tickets or information, go to abileneballettheatre.org.

 

  • A free showing of "Mary Poppins Returns," rated PG, will begin at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

  • An Eller Hall Pop-Up Dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. Nov. 16 at the T&P Event Center, 901 N. First St. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

Nominate an Everyday Hero in Abilene who makes a difference in the community

 

 

Many people make a difference every day in Abilene and surrounding communities — often without ever receiving a pat or the back or a simple "thank you."

 

The Reporter-News wants to recognize these Everyday Heroes and their good deeds in a series of stories at the end of the year.

 

To nominate an Everyday Hero, send the person's name and a short description of his, her or their good works to PublishMe@reporternews.com, or to the Reporter-News at P.O. Box 30, Abilene, TX 79604. Include "Everyday Hero" in the subject line of emails or on the envelops of mailed nominations.

 

Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 22.

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

Clyde house fire destroys hunting, fishing supplies for nonprofit helping veterans

 

 

CLYDE – A recent fire here did more than heavily damage a house and its contents – it also destroyed supplies and products for a nonprofit that takes veterans on hunting and fishing trips.

 

U.S. Army veterans Heather and Chris English and their 6-year-old daughter currently are living in a hotel after an Oct. 20 fire that started in the washing machine spread to other parts of the residence. Heather and daughter, as well as her mother, safely evacuated the house, which is located just outside of town, Chris English said.

 

The home of Heather of Chris English was a "total loss" after a fire on Oct. 20. The fire also destroyed the supplies for the nonprofit Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter.

The home of Heather of Chris English was a "total loss" after a fire on Oct. 20. The fire also destroyed the supplies for the nonprofit Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter.

 

He was away on a monthly hunting trip with veterans for the nonprofit Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter, which he has operated for three years.

 

"We're making it. We're going to be fine. It's just pretty devastating actually. We're not going to be able to help the veterans like I want to for the next couple of months, but we'll live," Chris said Thursday. 

 

The couple also has two sons in college. The house has been in the family for 10 years. 

 

Between the fire, smoke and water damage, the house is "totaled," Chris said. His wife's and mother-in-law's vehicles also were destroyed, as was a motorcycle parked in the garage.

 

"Our house was a total loss. They're going to have to rebuild it," Chris English said. 

 

Individuals and businesses in the community are helping the family get back on its feet with the rebuilding of the house, replacing of the wife's vehicle and other needs, he said. He also recently met with an insurance adjuster. 

 

"This community has been fantastic," English said.

 

Also destroyed in the fire were the nonprofit's hunting and fishing supplies stored in the garage, as well as T-shirts, hats and other products the couple sold to raise money for the nonprofit. 

 

Three vehicles were damaged in a fire at the home of Heather and Chris English near Clyde on Oct. 20.

Three vehicles were damaged in a fire at the home of Heather and Chris English near Clyde.

 

Through Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter, English guides five to 10 veterans monthly on a hunting or fishing trip. The program is designed to show veterans respect, honor, compassion and love as they reintegrate into civilian life, according to its website.

 

The meat is donated to other groups that feed the homeless, he said.

 

"I'm used to being on the end of helping others and giving to others," English said. "It's been very humbling to be on the receiving end of it."

 

The hunting and fishing trips go on, with board members taking a handful of veterans on a deer hunting trip this weekend, he said. 

 

He also is host of a post-traumatic stress disorder support group for veterans that meets Thursday evenings at the Clyde Chamber of Commerce office

 

Two days after the fire, the stress of dealing with the fire's aftermath was compounded when English learned that a solder who served under him had committed suicide. Preventing veterans suicides is why he continues to host the support group and is looking to quickly rebuild the nonprofit's supplies.

 

It is all part of his commitment to "do anything to help our veterans," he said.

 

GoFundMe page with a goal of $250,000 was created Thursday to help the family. 

 

 

 

By Laura Gutschke

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

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