Thanks to our supporters, Georgetown Beard Club’s WilCo Strong campaign has been more successful than we had hoped. Because of this, we were able to make an impactful donation to the people at Helping Hands of Georgetown. When we asked how far Helping Hands could stretch the donation, Rebecca Huggins, one of the directors of the charity told me that with our donation Helping Hands could:
- Provide 34 nights of emergency housing for local families;
- Purchase 85 bags of food for the Mobile Food Pantry – providing 85 local families 4-5 meals for one week.
- Provide 850 brown bag meals for Helping Hands’ brown bag program
In addition to providing the services listed above, Helping Hands provides assistance with prescriptions (they have a great relationship with LoneStar), medical appointments, rent, utilities, and campsite rental for local transient citizens and so much more.
It is the middle of May and businesses are slowly starting to open back up. But that does not mean that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our community have disappeared. People are still hurting and in need. Through the efforts of those in our community, we have been able to raise almost 25% of our fundraising goal for our WilCo Strong campaign. If you are feeling generous, please consider contributing to the campaign. We have put together a few options to support the campaign.
You can show your neighbors that you are WilCo Strong by purchasing a yard sign. We also have mini signs good for putting in a car window or for displaying in a store front. We also have t-shirts available. Finally, we have options for those who want to donate to or sponsor the campaign.
Last, but not least, we would like to thank those who have generously sponsored our campaign as well as those who have donated or purchased signs or t-shirts. Special thanks to Landreth Construction, In-Charge Electric, and Grand Endeavor Homes. We would also like to thank the businesses who have continuously supported the Georgetown Beard Club including Texas Outdoor Power Equipment and Mesquite Creek Outfitters.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.” The internet tells me that quote comes from someone named Benet Wilson. I don’t know who Benet Wilson is, and the sentiment seems to be derived from another common saying: desperate times call for desperate measures. But with the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the government-mandated restrictions that have been put in place, we certainly find ourselves in extraordinary times. And though our governor has already started loosening the restrictions placed on us, the reopening of the economy is not a magical cure for the damage that has been done. Our friends and neighbors are hurting and it will take some time to recover what has been lost. But I know we will get through this together because I know the type of people my Williamson County friends, family, and neighbors are. They’re strong. Not just strong, but #WilCoStrong.
I know that WilCo Strong is a pretty generic slogan. I’ve seen any number of YourCity_Strong or YourState_Strong campaigns in the past. I’ve seen #BostonStrong after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. I’ve seen #HoustonStrong and #TexasStrong after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. If I had to guess, I would say that it originated with the LiveStrong Foundation, an organization that strives to improve the lives of cancer survivors and those affected by cancer.
It’s no surprise that the LiveStrong Foundation was founded in the heart of Texas because strong is what Texans are. When put to the test, Texans rise up. I know WilCo will rise up because that’s what we do. You get knocked down seven times but you get up eight. And that’s what WilCo Strong means to me. It means helping our friends and neighbors who have been knocked down by these extraordinary times get back up.
And the Georgetown Beard Club wants to be part of that. That’s why we are starting a WilCo Strong campaign. Please consider purchasing a WilCo Strong sign or making a donation. Proceeds from our WilCo Strong campaign will be donated to local charities who provide personal protective equipment to frontline workers at risk of being exposed to COVID-19 as well as charities who provide food assistance to families in need.
To be clear, we at the Georgetown Beard Club are not laying claim to WilCo Strong. WilCo Strong is much larger than us. It is a sentiment and spirit of toughness as well as kindness embodied by the citizens of Williamson County, Texas. From Liberty Hill to Thrall, Round Rock to Jarrell, and everything in between, we are all in this together. And together we will lift each other up because we are all stronger together. We hope you will join us.