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Christmas in Action restores house fit for a ‘King’
04/05/2016 - By FEATURES@TRCLE.COM - Cleburne Times Review
A 65-year-old Cleburne woman said she is counting her blessings twice after Christmas in Action volunteers spent Saturday morning restoring the home she has lived in the past 25 years. CIA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that repairs homes for elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners in Cleburne. Shortly after Barbara King lost her husband to diabetes, she developed health... Read More
Rain Fails to Dampen Pastors' Spirits
03/31/2016 - By Matt Smith/msmith@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
Wednesday’s steady drizzle revived rather than subdued the morales of several Cleburne area pastors hard at work in the 800 block of North Wilhite Street. “Because I always feel called to serve, a servant of Jesus,” First Mt. Zion Pastor Willie Stevenson when asked why he was running around in the rain with hedge clippers. Twenty some area pastors were... Read More
Friends remember two killed in Saturday accidents
01/26/2016 - By Matt Smith msmith@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
Friends on Monday remembered Mario Rendon and Steven “Cody” Jones, both of whom lost their lives on Saturday in unrelated accidents. Jones, 44, of Kopperl, died about 4 a.m. after his truck rolled on Park Road 21, ejecting him in the process. Rendon died about 10:40 a.m. the same morning in a tractor accident off Farm-to-Market Road 3136. Rendon, 59,... Read More
Cleburne chamber honors businesses during annual banquet
01/23/2016 - By Jessica Pounds/features@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
Tom O'Neil Cleburne Chamber of Commerce 2015 board Chairman Tom O’Neil gives his last remarks to his outgoing directors at the 97th annual chamber banquet on Thursday night. Highlighting some of the successes of 2015, the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce honored several members for their outstanding service to the community. Eric Dobransky, who will serve as the 2016 chairman of... Read More
Playhouse to the Highest Bidder
12/17/2015 - By Staff Reports - Cleburne Times Review
Raffle tickets were sold in November to win a playhouse donated to raise funds for Christmas in Action by Ulrich Barns. The winner, Bill Sharratt, was informed last week. He decided to donate it back to CIA so that it could be put up for auction to the highest bidder to raise funds for the spring’s home repair projects.... Read More
Lions learn about Christmas in Action
11/04/2015 - By Ashley Rose - Cleburne Times Review
Christmas in Action Treasurer Cassie Dunson spoke to the Cleburne Lions Club on Oct. 28 at the Cleburne Conference Center about the organization and its biggest fundraiser, the chili supper and dance. Since 2000, CIA has been repairing homes in Johnson County. “Christmas in Action repairs homes for the elderly and disabled homeowners in Johnson County,” Dunson said. Cleburne Environmental... Read More
Christmas in Action repairs roof of home
07/17/2015 - By Ashley Rose - Cleburne Times Review
Christmas in Action, a Cleburne Christian ministry organization, started the process of repairing the roof of a mobile home on Wednesday. Homeowner Sheila Ray, 60, has been living in the home since 2000. As she raised her three children, she developed severe arthritis, which caused her to have a bad hip. “It’s a wonderful community,” Ray said. “I feel really... Read More
Christmas in Action and 6 Stones team up to help community
03/31/2015 - By Jessica Pounds - Cleburne Times Review
The weekend began with music and cheers as volunteers gathered in the Caddo Street Grill parking lot to start two days of giving back. The 6 Stones Ministry, Christmas In Action and the city of Cleburne joined forces with more than 350 volunteers to help families in Cleburne struggling to repair their homes. CIA has gathered one weekend every year... Read More
CHRISTMAS IN ACTION Celebrates 15 Years
Christmas in Action (CIA) celebrates their 15th year of refurbishing and providing emergency repairs for homeowners in the Cleburne community. The all-volunteer board has coordinated over 300 projects in the last 15 years. Some of the original board members still serve on the board. President, Paul Hinman, boasts the success of the Christmas in Action program is largely due to... Read More
United Way Day of Caring sparks youth involvement
10/07/2014 - By Nicole Luna - Cleburne Times Review
Young volunteers were doing heavy lifting for the 10th annual United Way of Johnson County Day of Caring event on Saturday morning. Hundreds of volunteers teamed up to donate their time to help. There were five projects for volunteers to choose from, ranging from planting gardens to cleaning up overgrown yards to decorating the city for the fall season. Locations... Read More
Odessa church group marks third Cleburne visit
08/03/2014 - By Matt Smith/msmith@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
A dozen teenagers and several adults from New Life Church in Odessa joined forces with city workers and Cleburne’s Christmas In Action program on Thursday and Friday to lend a helping hand. Unseasonably cooler weather on both days lent the perfect conditions for outdoor work. “We knew they were coming from West Texas so we ordered up some cooler... Read More
Packing it in
06/22/2014 - By John Austin/features@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
Measuring what Dianne Packwood has accomplished on the job is easy. Since she came aboard as executive director, United Way of Johnson County’s annual goal rose from $250,000 to $475,000 in 2013. The agency met or exceeded its annual goal in eight of those years, raising nearly $4 million. And while the recession cut Americans’ charitable donations 7 percent in... Read More
Operation Cleburne Pride - Neighborhood 1
05/01/2014 - By Matt Smith/msmith@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
City officials encourage residents and volunteer groups to take part in Operation Cleburne Pride, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church parking lot at the intersection of North Anglin and Brown streets. “The city is taking a proactive approach to help residents whose property needs some help and who, in many cases, can’t do it... Read More
Volunteers wanted - 2014 Community Work Day
04/01/2014 - By Matt Smith/msmith@trcle.com - Cleburne TImes Review
Christmas in Action, which celebrates its 15th anniversary on Saturday, is looking for volunteers to help work on this year’s six homes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Caddo Street Grill, 211 S. Caddo St. The event runs until about 3 p.m. “Most of the houses are in Cleburne, but we have two in Grandview this year,” CIA board Secretary... Read More
Day of Caring cleans up county
09/13/2013 - By Amber Washington/reporter@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
The ninth annual United Way of Johnson County Day of Caring is on Saturday morning in neighborhoods across the county. Each year, hundreds of volunteers give through service by teaming up with volunteer organizations or donating time as individuals. Past projects have included planting gardens, cleaning up overgrown yards, painting and building projects, such as wheelchair ramps, for homebound... Read More
Tornado relief spotlighted at JCBA luncheon
07/18/2013 - By John Austin/features@trcle.com - Cleburne Times Review
Some of the people driving nails and fixing roofs across tornado-damaged Johnson County took a few minutes on Wednesday to thank everyone who’s making the comeback possible. “It was just amazing to me see how the people of Cleburne came together,” Johnson County Builders Association President Darrell Hightower said at the organization’s lunch meeting at the Cleburne Conference Center. “I’m... Read More
Christmas in Action hoping to lend dozens of hands for community
06/09/2011 - By Taylor Short - Cleburne Times-Review
It may still feel like summer, but Christmas may come sooner this year for some local homeowners. Christmas in Action is accepting applications through Nov. 15 for the group’s April 8 community workday where they will repair homes of the low-income, disabled or elderly. “I work for the city as a health inspector and we saw the need of people... Read More
United Way seventh annual Day of Caring Event
06/09/2011 - By Diane Packwood - United Way
United Way of Johnson County will have its fifth annual “Day of Caring” on Oct. 3. Day of Caring is an event where groups of volunteers donate their time for one Saturday morning in an effort to make life better for people in our community. Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in Day of Caring by allowing their employees... Read More

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