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Holiday Lights Contest & Food Drive: Results!!!!

Light Up Greenwood Hills is this weekend!
Vote by donating nonperishable food items
Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18.

Greenwood Hills’ sixth annual holiday lights contest and food drive is here! This is our community service project of the year. We are partnering with local Boy Scout Troop 317 to enable them to earn merits for community service. The scouts will collect the food items donated each night. All food collected goes to the Network of Community Ministries of Richardson. Our goal this year is to collect 1000 food items! This is such a wonderful way to give back to our community while enjoying our neighbors’ holiday lighting displays. ALL surrounding neighborhoods, not just residents of Greenwood Hills, are invited to come vote and help us reach our goal. Invite your friends and relatives too!

Vote for your favorite house or houses by placing nonperishable food items in the house’s collection box anytime from Friday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 18. Each item collected counts as one vote. Stuffing of boxes is encouraged!

THANKS TO OUR RESIDENTS FOR PARTICIPATING AND SHARING THEIR LIGHTING DISPLAYS in 2016 and OUR NEIGHBORS WHO “VOTED WITH FOOD ITEMS!!!     THE RESULTS OF FOOD ITEMS COLLECTED ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • 1915 Deep Valley Pl…………102……….  Wes Sullivan
  • 800 Edgefield Dr……………… 56……….  Marahya Mora
  • 811 Melrose Dr……………….  72……….  Mary & Mark Hawley
  • 921 Pinecrest Ln……………..  43………. Cathleen Ramsdale
  • 923 Redwood Dr……………..    7………  David & Sue Chang
  • 921 Sandalwood Dr………… 10………  Michael & Pat Johnson
  • 740 Vinecrest Ln……………….29……..   Ken & Susan Usher
  • 914 Vinecrest Ln……………… 50……..   Ruth & Bruce Holley
  • 916 Warren Way……………… 60……..   Cindy Schattle
  • 815 Wateka Way………………  6 ……..   Heather Potter
  • 1207 Waterview Dr…………. 75………  Betty & Johnny Carano
  • 1515 Waterview Dr…………. 21………  Liz & Rick Johnson
  • 1304 Wisteria Way………….. 76………  Joan Neher
  • 1625 Wisteria Way…………..  37……..  Tim & Melanie Seaman
  • Cash/ Ck Donation…………………..$10.00

Thank you for participating and helping provide food to those most in need this holiday season.  We received a big THANK YOU from the Richardson Network for the total of 644 food items collected – (they weigh the food items to be 674.8 lbs.)

I realize that the weather ( with the wet & cold Friday & Saturday nights and the windy & cold Sunday)  had a big impact on our collections this year to reach 1000 items, but this was great and appreciated very much!  THANKS TO ALL and  Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY HOLIDAY!!

Holiday Lights Contest & Food Drive

holidaylightsIt’s Time to Light Up Greenwood Hills!
Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18

It may be hard to believe with all the warm weather we’ve been having as of late, but our sixth annual neighborhood holiday lights contest and food drive is fast approaching! This year we are teaming up with Boy Scout Troop 317 to collect food for people in need. Last year we collected 895 items for Network of Community Ministries of Richardson. This year, our goal is to collect 1000 items. Are you ready to unpack those outdoor holiday decorations and get in the spirit?

All residents are welcome to participate by decorating the outside of their homes with lights and other holiday decor. A list of participating homes will be shared Wednesday, December 14 via our neighborhood e-newsletter, here on our website at greenwoodhillsna.com, and on Nextdoor.

You and your neighbors will be the judges. Vote for your favorite house by placing nonperishable food items in the house’s collection box any time from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18. Each item collected counts as one vote. Stuffing the box is definitely allowed! Be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and family about this fun and helpful cause.

After Monday, December 19, all donated items will be collected, sorted, and counted by the boy scouts, and the winner announced the following weekend via our neighborhood e-newsletter, greenwoodhillsna.com, and Nextdoor. The home with the most items collected will receive a $25 gift certificate to Calloway’s Nursery. All donations will be delivered to the Network of Community Ministries’ food pantry.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Betty Carano at vp@greenwoodhillsna.com or 972.238.9277. Interested participants should include their name, address, and phone number. You will receive a collection box to place outside your home from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18. The box will be picked up after voting is completed.

We hope you will participate by decorating your home and acting as a collection point, or by voting for your favorite home and donating food. All the best to your and yours from GHNA this holiday season!


What types of food can I donate to the holiday lights food drive?

  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meats
  • Canned pasta meals (Chef Boyardee or similar)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Dried beans
  • Hearty soups
  • “Just add water” mixes (pancake, muffin, biscuit, etc.)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Non-refrigerated cheese
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Powdered milk
  • Rice
  • Tuna

Here are the houses that participated in the annual “HOLIDAY LIGHTS” FOOD DRIVE (2016)  RESULTS are as follows:

  • 1915 Deep Valley Pl………102   (Winner:  Wes Sullivan)
  • 800 Edgefield Dr…………… 56
  • 811 Melrose Dr…………….. 72
  • 921 Pinecrest Ln…………… 43
  • 923 Redwood Dr……………  7
  • 921 Sandalwood Dr……….10
  • 740 Vinecrest Ln…………… 29
  • 914 Vinecrest Ln…………… 50
  • 916 Warren Way…………… 60
  • 815 Wateka Way……………  6
  • 1207 Waterview Dr………, 75
  • 1515 Waterview Dr………. 21
  • 1304 Wisteria Way……….. 76
  • 1625 Wisteria Way……….. 37
  • $10.00 Cash/Ck Donation

THANKS TO ALL OUR NEIGHBORS WHO “VOTED” FOR OUR WONDERFUL NEIGHBORS WHO SHARED THEIR LIGHTING DISPLAYS THIS YEAR!   YOU ARE APPRECIATED VERY MUCH!!!!

Have a Wonderful Healthy & Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!!!

School Supply Drive

GHNA_SchoolSupplyDriveGHNA will be hosting our Annual School Supply Drive benefitting Greenwood Hills Elementary in just a few weeks! We would greatly appreciate any donations you can make for our neighborhood students and teachers.

WHAT: GHNA Annual School Supply Drive
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 9:30-11:00 AM
WHERE: Greenwood Hills Elementary, 1313 West Shore Dr, Richardson TX 75080 (Find us at the bus drop-off area)

Some ideas for supplies include: facial tissues, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, glue sticks, crayons, and #2 pencils. Here is a full list provided by RISD of the types of supplies needed: https://www.risd.org/Group/Parents/Parents_Docs/SchoolSupplyList.pdf. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Please share this information with your neighbors. We hope to see you there!