Williamson County Giving Back

Laura Spradlin WILCO Service Center Director welcoming guests

Laura Spradlin WILCO Service Center Director welcoming guests

October 8, 2015 marked The Salvation Army’s first Williamson County Giving Back event. The event was held at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl inside the new Bass Pro Shop in Round Rock. The fund-raiser was held to support the Williamson County Service Center located in Georgetown, Texas. The evening was emceed by Williamson County Service Center Director Laura Spradlin.

The entertaining venue included two bowling alleys and a pirate ship decorating the ceiling. We gathered in the dining room and guests enjoyed an Angus Beef Burger buffet and amazing prizes given throughout the evening. Our happy guests walked away with prizes ranging from a Weber Grill BBQ Pit to a Yeti Cooler, a Ruger Rifle, 2 Fishing Trips from Pirates of the Bay in Rockport and many more.

Winner picking up his prize - Fishing Reel and Rod

Winner picking up his prize – Fishing Reel and Rod


Happy Prize Winner!

We were honored to have special guest Football Pro Hall of Famer Bob Lilly at the event. He took photos with fans and signed pictures and memorabilia. The line to meet him was almost out the door! Bob Lilly signed a poster sized football picture which was the final prize drawn at the end of the event. The Salvation Army is so thankful to have Mr. Lilly and his wife’s support.

Bob Lilly receiving Appreciation Award

Bob Lilly receiving Appreciation Award


Bob Lilly taking photos with guests and fans

Bob Lilly with guest Alfonso Garcia, III

Colonel Henry Gonzalez spoke about the Williamson County Service Center and the services it provides to prevent family homelessness in the community. Long time Disaster Services volunteer, Randy O’Dell spoke about the services our Williamson County Disaster Service team (which is completely run by volunteers) provides throughout Texas during disasters, and the Williamson County Canteen which provides food to first responders on disaster sites and to disaster survivors.  Alvin Migues, our Texas Disaster Services Director, presented Randy O’Dell with an award by for his long time support and services helping in times of disaster. Laura Spradlin presented Bob Lilly with a plaque for donating his services and time to helping our Williamson County Giving Back event become a great success.

We are thankful to our guests, staff and volunteers that helped make this a fun and successful event and thankful for their support for the Williamson County Service Center.

Williamson County Volunteers with Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Williamson County Volunteers with Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Give Local Kids The Gift Of Camp







For 2015 Camp Drive details, click hereGive Kids the Gift of Summer Camp


The Salvation Army Is Sending Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness or Poverty to Summer Camp

Individuals, Companies and Organizations are asked to Donate Supplies

AUSTIN, TX (May 27, 2014) – More than 100 children who are experiencing homelessness or poverty from The Austin Salvation Army Shelters and Service Centers, from ages 5 through 16, will attend summer camp starting June 16. Camp is important for every child, and it is especially important for these children in our community who are facing great challenges. We need the help of individuals, companies, churches and organizations to give these children the gift of summer camp.

“As you can imagine, going to camp is big deal to local kids who are living in shelters or in poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Austin Salvation Army can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”

Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for these children. Activities include team building, swimming and swimming lessons, exploring the great outdoors, playing sports and games, studying nature and wildlife, talent shows and lots more! The camping experience lasts for 10 weeks.

There are two ways the community can help: 1) Purchase items (from the list below) and drop them off to us. You can do this as an individual, or you can organize a drive through your company, church or organization. 2) Donate online and we will purchase the items for the children. We are in need of the following for boys and girls from 5 to 16 years of age (all sizes):

Beach towels and wash cloths
Refillable water bottles
Swimsuits (one piece only)*
Caps and hats*
Athletic Shoes*
Beach bags
Water shoes and flip flops*
Insect repellent
Travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes
Travel size deodorant and soap
Travel size hand cleanser
Sheets, light sleeping bags, light blankets*
Pillows and pillow cases
Modest t-shirts*
Sunscreen (SPF 30)
Flashlights with new batteries
Travel size packaged snacks

*We have the biggest need for children ages 10 – 12.

Drop Off Locations

Donations may be dropped off beginning May 29, Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm at 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 231, Austin, 78758, or in Georgetown at 307 Shannon Lane.

Contact Us

Please contact Donna Clendennen at 512-634-5921 or to organize a large drop-off or collection drive with your church, company or organization. The deadline for donations is June 11. Should you wish to donate by mail, please mark your check “camp supplies” and send it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767. For on-line giving:

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.