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Local Non-Profit Going On 58th Year Of Giving Back To Texoma


DENISON, TX- The Denison Service League is a local organization that's been giving back for more than 50 years and this year they'll be putting as much as $40,000 back into the community.

"It makes us feel good, it's just such a great feeling to be able to give back." Said Wanda Kauffman, the incoming president for the Denison Service League.

Many of the women with the Dension Service League spend much of their time at the Bargain Box on Main Street in downtown Denison.  It's a thrift store the League owns and operates. "Everything here is donated and all of us here are volunteers. After the light bill is paid, it all goes to charity."says Carol Fines, League member.

The thrift store is just one of the many ways this group has been giving back since 1955. Recently, they took over sponsoring Denison's "Dancing with the Stars," one of the largest fundraiser's in the area.  "It's just a barrel of fun, and we sold out this year and we feel we will do that in the future." Fines said.

It's not just the amount of volunteering at the Bargain Box that keeps these women busy, it's the hours behind the scenes, working towards a common goal, and helping others. As well as working toward the best time of the year when they start passing out the much needed funds.

"This is more than a blessing to get this money, it came unexpected but yet it was not expected and it's just going to help with the overall operation of the facility." Says Kay Luper, the director of Jack and Jill Child Care in Grayson County who recently received a check to help with costs.

"It means a lot to us, you know sometimes it's hard to get our message out there, people often times don't want to hear about abuse, so it's nice that we can appeal or have groups like this supporting us and we appreciate it" Says Martha Nuckles with the Child Advocacy center of Grayson county, one of the recipients of this years donations.

The checks don't stop there, the service league says they'll be passing out money through the end of the year. "The majority will probably wind up being around 45 thousand dollars for the year."Says Kauffman.

A mark they say makes a year of long nights, tireless volunteer hours and working events, all worth it.

"The need is so great in this area, and the thing that we all have in common as volunteers is that we share this passion to help the community," said Fines.

"The Denison Service League is just such a giving organization," said Kaufman, "and I'm proud to be a part of it."