Support Friends for Life


February 23, 2017
4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at
2516 West Loop 340
Waco, TX 76711

Download this flyer and take it with you when you dine at Panera Bread. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to Friends for Life. Please hand in a hard copy or show an electronic version of this flyer upon placing your order. Purchases of gift cards are not counted towards the event. It’s a great way to combine great taste and great fun – for a great cause.

We are Looking for Donations to Share the Heat

Shown in photo from left to right: Megan Reagan with Meals; Wheels, Anna Hoffman with Right at Home, Laura Ziemer with Meals; Wheels, Debbie Jones and Joanna Adcock with Heart of Texas Area Agency on Aging, Tria Athey with Friends for Life, and Cheryl Johnston with Home Instead Senior Care.

This year Friends for Life, Meals & Wheels, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Heart of Texas, Caritas, Heart of Texas 2-1-1, Enrich Seniors and Act Locally Waco teamed up once again to get ahead of this challenge of cold homes through their annual Share the Heat campaign. Based on last year’s requests, the group estimated that there would be a need to purchase 300 heaters.  The Heart of Texas ADRC identified a reasonably priced heater that included the appropriate safety features.  Each heater cost $20.

The “Share the Heat” group is turning to the community to raise the anticipated $3100 needed for the remaining 155 heaters.  Almost all the 145 heaters purchased have been distributed and more donations are required to provide heaters to all the seniors who need them.

We would like to recognize Regent Care Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Right at Home, and Day Spring Baptist Church along with many individuals for donating to our Share the Heat heater drive. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Two Abilene Groups Choose FFL for Donations

ACU donates to FFL

Tasked with giving large sums of money to a select few charity organizations is the lesson taught to 14 Abilene Christian University students last semester. Taking Strategic Philanthropy class, the students were given the opportunity to research, select and distribute a $50,000 donation given by an anonymous donor.  After extensive research and visits to many charities, they chose seven charities out of 33 that met their requirements. Friends for Life was the recipient of $5,000.

Cecilia Barahona with Michelle Parrish of Community Foundation of Abilene

Cecilia Barahona with Michelle Parrish of Community Foundation of Abilene

In addition to the $5,000 donation from Abilene Christian University, the Community Foundation of Abilene gave FFL an additional $5,000. On behalf of Friends for Life Abilene, Cecilia Barahona, received the donation. We thank the students and the community foundation  for selecting Friends for Life.

Thanks Waco Civic Theatre for a Great Night!

Friends for Life | Million Dollar QuartetThe Waco Civic Theatre performed Million Dollar Quartet for our Donors and Friends Thursday, December 1. What a blessing to us. Pictured here with Inez Russell is part of the fabulous cast: Kelli Ann Pistokache (Dyanne), Tyler Miller (Elvis Presley), Joey Tamayo (Jerry Lee Lewis), Shane Wilson (Carl Perkins) and Jonah Hardt (Johnny Cash). Don’t miss this production running through December 11. This event was sponsored Waco Civic Theatre, Texas Energy Aggregation, Hilton and Courtyard Hotels and Dr. Marylea Henderson as a memorial to Dorothy Shellenberger. Reception refreshments were provided by Bubba’s 33, Bushes Chicken, Lollipop’s Sweet Treats, Ruby Owen and Rosie Robledo. Thanks to all – we had a great night!


Gifts for Grannies

Help Us Celebrate

The Spirit of Christmas

Many elderly and people with disabilities have no one to remember them this holiday season. Their needs and wishes for Christmas might go unfulfilled without your help.

Volunteers are Needed to make phone calls, pick up gifts from drop-off locations and join us for our annual

Here are the items to donate for men and women:

Clothing & Accessories: Robes, Short sleeve TShirts:  Med. thru 3X, robes, sweat suits (Lg. – 3X), washable cardigan sweaters – (Lg. – 2X), gloves, socks, white tube socks, billfolds, coin purses, handkerchiefs, non-skid slippers, house hoes, stocking caps, shawls.

Personal Care Products

Items to Brighten a Room such as music boxes, knickknacks, poinsettias, calendars, door wreaths for all occasions.

Fun Stuff: Stuffed animals, large print crossword puzzels, playing cards with large numbers, dominoes, gift bags

Items for Comfort: Large Print Bibles and Devotionals, Blankets, Small Ceramic Heaters

Can you help?

 Contact Friends for Life, 5000 Lakewood Dr. Waco, TX 76710, 254-772-7600 or email Donna Baugh @