Providing Hope, A Box at a Time

Deer Fest 2012 is just days away, and organizers said it's going to be the biggest and best fest yet.

"Anything you can think of with the outdoors, you will definitely find it there, " said Dawn Thompson, Deer Fest Founder.

Not only will there be more than 150 vendors, but some of the cast from A&E's Duck Dynasty will be there, as well as the Mud Cats and even a beauty queen or two.

While Deer Fest is all about providing the area with a good time, the cause it supports is much more personal.

For the last six years, Adopt A Box has been providing area youth with basic hygiene products, and Deer Fest is how those boxes get filled.

"Three or four years ago, we ran out of money and were either going to have to fold the program (Adopt A Box), or come up with some type of fundraiser," said Thompson.

Thanks to Deer Fest, Adopt A Box is now in 21 counties, helping hundreds of kids in more ways than one.

"We clothe just about 1 child per week here in Wichita Falls during the school season," said Thompson.

"For [kids] to receive those kinds of supplies is just beyond words," said Renae Murphy with WFISD.

Murphy said in a time when school budgets are tighter than ever, Adopt A Box is invaluable.

"When community comes through, and helps us meet our mission, that in turn helps our community," said Murphy, "and helps our children become better equipped to become our leaders."

When Charla Foreman's granddaughter came to live with her several years ago, she turned to Adopt A Box for help.

"It really, I mean, it gave her an emotional lift. She needed it," said Foreman, "It was a really rough time, and it just boosted her. She carried it around with her, she thought it was the best thing."

Charla said the support she and her granddaughter received from Adopt A Box helped them through a tough time, so Charla plans on attending Deer Fest for years to come so other kids can know just how good it feels to be clean and clothed.

Reporter's notes by Ryan Robertson:

Deer Fest is next Saturday, August 4th.

It starts at 9am runs until 7pm at the MPEC.

Cost to get in is $5.

Kids five and under get in free.

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