With the government shutdown affecting a variety of non-profit social service agencies in North Texas, McKinney Repertory Theatre and Hope Rising are teaming up to collect essential needs items for Hope’s Door, Collin County’s only domestic violence shelter. Hope’s Door opened in 1986 with only a hotline and motel rooms to shelter victims, expanding in 1989 with a dedicated shelter and serving over 6,000 women and children in need of safety since that time.
Funding for Hope’s Door is on hold during the shutdown of the federal government, which affects their ability to purchase items necessary for shelter residents. They are in need of the following essentials: full-size hair shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Donations of gift cards for Wal-Mart, Target and gas cards are also needed.
Hope Rising will set up a collection point for these items during the final weekend of McKinney Repertory Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s The (Female) Odd Couple. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on October 11 & 12 and 2:00 pm on October 13 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney TX 75069. For more information, please contact Lisa Miller at 214-912-0054 or President@HopeRisingTX.org.
About Hope Rising
Hope Rising exists to create positive change through arts-related events and activities that foster education and awareness about sexual and domestic violence and, in doing so, provide aid and support to organizations whose primary mission is to serve persons affected by sexual and domestic violence in Collin County, Texas. Hope Rising incorporated in the State of Texas in June of 2013 and has filed for a 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS. To learn more about Hope Rising and other upcoming events visit www.HopeRisingTX.org.
About McKinney Repertory Theatre
McKinney Repertory Theatre was incorporated with the State of Texas in January 2003 by a group of local amateur actors that have worked together for several years. Its first production, Belles, was performed in April 2003 at the Chapel at Chestnut Square. Since then, it has presented several plays at Chestnut Square, the Heard-Craig Hall and the McKinney Performing Arts Center. It received its non-profit status in February 2004. The theatre held its first Children’s Summer Musical Theatre Camp in June 2005 at the Heard-Craig Hall with 39 children from ages 8 to 18 participating in a production of The Music Man, Jr. The McKinney Repertory Theatre is a member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Community Theatre. Its productions are funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts.