Some’s Hot, Some’s Not 11/28/12

If it’s Tuesday…….I don’t know how many new names the various public relations agencies can come up with but there is a new one this year that I think is dandy.

So far we have Black Friday (signifying where stores are supposed to get into the black for the year and be profitable); Small Business Saturday (thought up by

American Express to encourage shoppers to shop at small mom and pop businesses and to encourage those same businesses to accept American Express); Cyber Monday (to encourage you to shop on-line–don’t do it!); and now someone has come up with Giving Tuesday.

I’m sure some charities around the world paid some fancy marketing company to come up with this, but it sure fits with what I was going to write about this week. I was going to write about how we have bought for friends and family and if you are a little like me, indulged yourself in some things also. Everytime I get to shopping, I find things I want right then so rather than put them on my Christmas list for my kids, I just buy them myself.

So I was going to remind you that it’s now time to gift those less fortunate than we are. I just didn’t know until I heard it on “Morning Joe” that today (Tuesday, as I’m writing this) is called Giving Tuesday.

And while we are giving, I want to remind you that I firmly believe in giving right at home in Fort Bend County. Why send our charitiable contributions off somewhere else when we can give to so many needs organizations in Fort Bend and enjoy seeing our gifts make a difference.

Here is a list of local groups who would enjoy a little Christmas cheer:

• American Red Cross (713) 313-1663
• Arc of Fort Bend County (281) 494-5959
• Asians Against Domestic Abuse (713) 974-3743
• Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star 713-271-1414
• Blessed Be Hope for Three, Inc. 713-858-7965
• Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council (713) 659-8111
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Inc. (713) 400-2942
• Brazos Bend Guardianship Services (281) 207-2320
• Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Inc. (713) 529-0639
• Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston (713) 874-6740
• Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Inc. (281) 341-9955
• Children’s Museum Inc. (713) 535-7211
• Crime Stoppers of Houston, Inc. (713) 521-4600
• Crisis Intervention of Houston Incorporated (713) 527-9864
• DAYA 713-981-7645
• DePelchin Children’s Center 713-802-7638
• East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc. (281) 261-4902
• Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc. (713) 838-9050
• Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, Inc. (281) 240-3800
• Fort Bend Cares (832) 392-1983
• Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room (832) 595-3029
• Fort Bend Community Revitalization Projects (281) 617-7416
• Fort Bend County Museum Association (281) 342-1256
• Fort Bend County Women’s Center (281) 344-5750
• Fort Bend Family Health Center, Inc. (281) 633-3106
• Fort Bend Family Promise (281) 403-3923
• Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity (281) 403-0708
• Fort Bend Homeless Shelter, Inc. (281) 778-0150
• Fort Bend Lawyers Care (281) 242-1178
• Fort Bend Regional Council 281-207-2400
• Fort Bend Senior Citizens, Meals on Wheels 281-633-7055
• Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (713) 292-0256
• Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation (713) 868-6003
• Literacy Volunteers of Fort Bend County, Inc. (281) 240-8181
• Rosenberg Railroad Museum, Inc. (281) 633-2846
• Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, Inc. (281) 232-4904
• Second Mile Mission Center (281) 261-9199
• SIRE, Inc. (281) 356-7588
• Texana Center (281) 239-1399
• The Rose (281) 464-5123
• Volunteer Services Council of the Richmond State Supported Living Center
• YMCA of the Greater Houston Area (713) 758-9104

And now for a few complaints…..I hate it when stores stick tags on their merchandise which you have to almost damage the goods to remove the tag. I hate that almost as much as I hate desktop computers which have all their places to plug in USB plugs in the back.

I also hate children’s toys that come in weapons grade plastic which I’ve threatened to buy a chainsaw to use to open.

This week I bought my grandsons tool boxes for Christmas (ssssh-h-h). I also bought them real tools to put in the tool boxes. The tools came packaged in the weapons grade plastic so I first opened the package which contained a box cutter. Yes, I know. The type of box cutter that terrorists used.

I put the blade in the box cutter (some people call it a carpet cutter), then I used the box cutter to open the rest of the packages. When I finished, I decided that maybe I had better not include the box cutter in the tool boxes.

City and school elections are not that far away……We received our first press release today from a candidate running for office. Steve Porter has announced he is running for Don Smithers city council seat. Don isn’t going to re-up.

Steve is better known by some of us as the husband of long-time FBISD employee Nancy Porter, which is now head of community relations, the one we gripe at if anything goes wrong.

Boy scouts, HOA members and water board members know Steve best as hisownself as he has served in various positions there through the years. So by serving on those boards and running around with Nancy all these years, he has a wonderful knowledge of the Sugar Land area. Personally, I’m just so glad to see community members sign up to run for office who don’t have a personal agenda.

It’s a thankless task and we are lucky that people like Steve Porter step up.

B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at

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