DECEMBER 1, 2015
This holiday season, Texas Health Care physicians and employees are once again teaming up with The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever to raise money for good causes throughout Tarrant County. The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever features “gifts” that the shopper can buy – charitable contributions to some of Tarrant County’s leading non-profit organizations. Each non-profit lists contribution levels that will cover specific goods and services, furthering its mission and helping those in need.
As in past years, The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever can be found in Texas Health Care physician offices throughout Tarrant County in November and December. The 2015 Greatest Gift Catalog Ever features more than 20 non-profits to choose from, the most the catalog has ever featured. The organizations include:
- The Women’s Center
- Kids Who Care
- The Union Gospel Mission
- Boys and Girls Clubs, Greater Fort Worth
- The Cliburn
- Recovery Resource Council
- Gill Children’s Services
- Catholic Charities
- Camp John Marc
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
- Helping Restore Ability
- A Wish With Wings
- Airpower Foundation
- Lena Pope Home
- One Safe Place
- Ronald McDonald House
- First Tee Foundation
“Last year, non-profits supported by The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever helped more than 200,000 people in our community,” said Larry Tatum, M.D., CEO of Texas Health Care. “Texas Health Care is proud to support this effort, and by promoting the catalog in all of our offices, our physicians, staff and patients are able to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help our neighbors.”
While contributions of any amount to participating organizations are always welcome, “shoppers” can browse the catalog and choose from gifts ranging from $10 up to $5,000. Here’s a sampling of some of the items in this year’s catalog at various price levels:
- $25 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Worth: provides an hour of tutoring for a child
- $25 to the Ronald McDonald House: covers one night of food, lodging and activities for one family
- $50 to the Alzheimer’s Association: provides three hours of in-home respite services for care-giver families
- $120 to Meals on Wheels: will provide food for one client for a month
- $125 to the Union Gospel Mission: will provide Christmas for one child, including food, a gift and a visit from Santa
- $150 to Catholic Charities: will enable One Safe Place to provide a woman escaping domestic violence a holiday basket containing food, toys and clothing for her and her children
- $390 to Camp John Marc: will pay for a week of summer camp for one child
- $500 to the Cliburn: transports a grand piano to two public elementary schools to provide special programs for more than 400 underserved children
- $500 to a Wish With Wings: will pay for a child’s airfare to Disney World
There is also a “Golden Gift” section of the catalog that features major items or services. For example, a $15,000 contribution to Recovery Resource Council will help the organization provide therapeutic services to a dozen veterans and their families. A $10,000 donation to Catholic Charities of Fort Worth will cover a bed for one year for a child recovering from abuse and neglect.
Texas Health Care was one of the first large business groups to support the organization when it was founded, and catalog founder Elliot Goldman has credited Texas Health Care with being instrumental to its early success.
In 2013, Texas Health Care received the “Spirit of Community” award from the Shared Community Benefit Foundation for its longtime support of the catalog and the organizations it helps.
If you’re in your doctor’s office over the holidays, be sure to pick up a catalog and find a good cause to support. Or, just visit the Catalog’s website and start shopping – you can make all of your purchases online from the comfort of your home, and remember, 100 percent of your gift is tax-deductible.