The Good Samaritan Center on Pecan St. is a well known and necessary component of the Blanco community. The Center provides services for those in need and those shopping for a bargain. It is surprising how many “Sunday” outfits are purchased at the thrift store! Many local children’s school wardrobes are the result of frugal shopping by thrifty mothers. Costuming for high school productions, prom dresses and even wedding gowns have come “off the rack” at Good Samaritan. Besides clothing, food and financial services are available for those in need. One volunteer has been overheard saying that it is his “goal to see that no child in Blanco goes hungry”.
Good Sam (as it is fondly known) was conceived in 1990 by the citizens of Blanco in response to a call by the Ministerial Fellowship (an organization of Blanco churches). It’s goal was (is) to provide a visible, centralized program to help people in need who reside in Blanco. In 2013 4718 bags of food were given to 1732 families. $48,410 in special aid was distributed to 267 families to help with rent, electric bills, water, propane and, in some cases, for medicine. One must qualify for food and financial support but any one can shop at the thrift store.
Except for a small amount of funding from the County Commissioners Court, all the funds distributed by Good Samaritan come from donations, grants, and the sale of donated clothing and other items. No support comes from the State of Texas or the federal government. No one is paid for working at the center.
You can help! On Sunday July 13 Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a late afternoon event to raise money for the Center. For $25 (tickets purchased in advance) a gourmet dinner will be served and an entertaining lecture on “Migration, Birders Should Do It Too” will be enjoyed. The price includes a raffle ticket and there will be a silent auction. For more information and tickets call 830 833 4771 Mon-Fri, 9am to 1pm.