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CTEC Operation Round-Up - Or - "Neighbors Helping Neighbors"
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014

On December 3rd, the CTEC Operation Round-Up Board of Directors approved 5 grant applications.

One grant was awarded to victims of a recent house fire – the Jerrod Masters family in Mountain Home, Texas. This young family of four lost the entire contents of their home, but luckily there were no physical injuries. The grant to help them reestablish their home was for $2000.

Three grants went to organizations in the CTEC service area. The first was for $1000 to the Sharing the Harvest organization in Kingsland Texas. Sharing the Harvest provides food, assistance with utilities, prescriptions (and occasionally Doctor’s visits), rent, and emergencies for low income residents in the area. Accepting the grant on December 12th from Charlotte Buikema Operation Round-Up Director from Llano County, was Barbara Slothower, Director of the organization.

The second grant was awarded to the Kingsland Senior Meals on Wheels Program, and it was for $1000. Accepting the check for this organization from Mrs. Buikema was Nita Burton, Site Mgr of the program. The funds will be used to provide meals to shut-in elderly in Kingsland, Sunrise Beach and Buchanan Dam. The group serves about 60 meals 5 days a week, and Mrs. Burton says less than 5% of the participants can afford to pay anything.

The third organizational grant went to the Mason Ministerial Alliance and was accepted by Melinda Baker, volunteer grant administrator and several dedicated Food Bank volunteers. The funds will be used to stock shelves at the Mason Food Bank to feed the hungry in their area.

All three organizations will combine their grants with donations they currently rely on from local churches, organizations, and individuals. If you are interested in participating, or volunteering in their cause, please contact them.

The fifth grant was awarded to Antonio Moreno of Fredericksburg, Texas. Mr. Moreno was the victim of a horrible car crash in the past that has rendered him unable to work. The $1000 grant will be used to pay unexpected medical costs for the family.

Sign up one or more of your electric accounts for Operation Round-Up Today! Average contributions are only 50 cents per month, or $6.00 a year. The more members who volunteer to participate, the more we can make a difference in the lives of more of our neighbors. To find out how you can volunteer for Operation Round-Up, just call any CTEC office in Fredericksburg, Llano, Mason, or Kingsland, or visit the CTEC web site at

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