The Society of Samaritan (SOS) of Magnolia has a 25-year history of helping needy residents within the Magnolia area by supplying food, emergency financial needs, clothing and household items. Lynette Gibbons, who previously headed the special projects ministry of S.O.S., is now heading up a sister organization, Intercept Ministries.
The new non-profit organization will support family events, such as back-to-school clothing and supply drives, Christmas toys and Easter baskets. Also, Intercept Ministries will expand giving programs to include residents in the tri-county area where Waller, Grimes and Montgomery counties meet.
"This area is really not served by any other organization and there is so much need - many people have not yet recovered from last year's fires. We are so pleased to be able benefit these families," said Gibbons. "Last year we helped 567 families, and we hope to aid more this year."
Both organizations, S.O.S. and Intercept Ministries, plan to work closely together to increase the capacity to assist families and elderly residents. They are staffed entirely by volunteers and are planning two holiday events that people should sign up for soon -- a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas boxed meal and toys. The Thanksgiving meal will be held on Thanksgiving Day at the West Montgomery County Community Development Center.
SOS will continue to fill the needs of the residents of the Magnolia Independent School District through the food pantry, emergency financial needs and clothing and household items through the Little Twig location.
Sign up for the Thanksgiving meal at the West Montgomery County Community Development Center, 31355 Friendship Blvd., Magnolia 77355, Mondays from October 22 through November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those wishing to register for the Christmas events should sign up on Mondays from October 22 through December 10, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., also at the West Montgomery County Community Development Center. Pick up and delivery details will be determined at sign up.
Volunteers are welcomed by both organizations. To volunteer or donate to S.O.S., call 281-259-8452. To help with Intercept Ministries, or to donate toys, email
. In addition to volunteers, Intercept Ministries is also seeking a building for storage of donated items, office supplies and sponsors.