Baked potato fund-raiser planned for August 1 to aid CANHelp in move to new home

From Staff `Reports

July 22, 2008 - A baked potato lunch fundr-raiser is being organized Aug. 1 to aid CANHelp, formerly known as Hopkins County Community Action Network, effectively relocate and set up in its new location at 613 Gilmer St. at the old Ace Hardware building.

Baked potato orders, which includes all the trimmings, including butter, sour cream, chives and cheese, are being collected for $5 each. Orders must be placed no later that July 29 by calling Trisha Metrolis at CANHelp at 903-885-9797, option 1, extension 6.

Orders of five potatoes or more may be delivered on request. Baked potato orders of four or less may be picked up or eaten at New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church, located at 155 Jackson St., between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

All proceeds from fund-raiser will assist CANHelp with the move into the new location.

CANHelp started in 2000 as Hopkins County Community Action Network, a program dedicated to helping people find the assitance they need. Since then, it has expanded to include a number of other programs.

The organization serves as the 2-1-1 Texas Area Information Center, which is an information clearinghouse that puts people seeking social services in contact with the proper helping agencies. ("2-1-1, the number to call when you don't know who to call" is the motto.)

CANHelp also handles Faith In Action, a program designed to coordinate volunteers from both the faith-based and business communities who can help individuals who need non-medical assistance.

Dr. Robert Parker, a retired dentist, donated dental equipment to CANHelp, which is now working with Parker, Dr. Matt Johnson and other local dental health professionals to develop a charitable dental health system.

CANHelp also coordinates an annual winter coat and blanket drive, a durable medical equipment and supplies donation program, intake services for several local church benevolence programs, and assists with community donations and volunteer coordination during community emergencies.

For more information about the fund-raiser, call Metrolis at 903-885-9797. For more details about CANHelp, or to make donations to help with moving expenses or other programs, call 903-885-9292 or send an e-mail to

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