The Houston CPA Society, B’nai B’rith, Financial Planning Association, Temple Sinai Men’s Club and Bellaire Reserve Officers Training Corps are teaming up to host a food and clothing drive benefiting the Star of Hope Shelter.
The groups will collect slightly-used clothing and house ware items, as well as new toys from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Jewish Community Center. The center is located at 5601 West Braeswood west of Chimney Rock.
This will be the ninth year the Houston CPA Society has sponsored the food and clothing drive. CPA Edward M. Garner is spearheading the effort.
“With the destruction of Hurricane Ike, many families have lost everything, and Star of Hope has been helping them,” Gardner said. “Star of Hope can use sheets, towels, new underwear, toiletries, baby wipes as well as nonperishable food items, new toys, clean usable clothing and other household items.”
The Houston CPA Society will provide receipts for the tax deductible donations and volunteers will be on hand at the community center to accept the donated items.
“You don’t even need to get out of the car,” Gardner added.
Throughout the history of the effort, the drive has helped to feed and clothe more than 216,000 people. Star of Hope has been involved for the past five years and is now the sole beneficiary.
Star of Hope serves almost 1,000 homeless men, women and children every day.
The Houston CPA Society is the largest chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs and the third largest CPA Chapter in the United States, with more than 8,300 CPA members in Houston and 13 surrounding counties. In addition to providing continuing professional education to its members, the 80-year-old Houston CPA Society has donated millions of dollars to charities through its charity events and golf tournaments.
The society delivers toys and books to 6,600 children each year through Santa CPAs. Each spring, the Houston CPAs provide free tax help to disadvantaged citizens, including those with low income, physical impairments, non-English-speaking ability or elderly status.
The organization also provides ongoing help to more than 30 other nonprofit organizations by lending skills to charity auctions and providing accounting advice to other nonprofit organizations.