Thank you to our community!

God is Good! We here at Hill Country Community Ministries want to THANK our AMAZING community!! We have been extremely blessed this holiday season from all of the food drives and all of the coats, blankets, pajamas and financial donations we have received. We provided nearly 500 holiday meals from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's Follow the Star event collected a record 5,827 pounds of food & raised over $4400 in one weekend. The Rotary Club of Austin Centennial donated Christmas stockings for some of the children we serve. Bethany United Methodist Church donated Christmas trees for some of our clients who did not have a tree for their family this year. Cedar Park Middle School hit record numbers with over 10,000 pounds of food & donations. They were also featured on K-EYE "Cool at School". I wish I could list everyone's name here because we are so PROUD! In my short time here, (a mere 2 1/2 months), the outpouring of support from our community has been nothing short of phenomenal! Our clients have been brought to tears, and we have as well, by your generosity. Thank you to ALL who have contributed your time, your effort & your love! Each & every one of you has been in our thoughts & prayers wishing you the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We want to wish you a VERY Merry Christmas & a FABULOUS New Year! May 2016 be better than ever for you & yours.

With much gratitude, Tiesa, HCCM Board, Staff & Volunteers.

Follow the Star

Nearly 10,000 people attended the fourth annual Follow the Star event December 3-5. Follow the Star, a Christmas pageant, is an outdoor drive-through and walk-through production featuring ten critical scenes of the life of Jesus Christ. Professional sound, lighting and nearly 300 cast and crew members make this a spectacular event.
While the event was free, attendees were asked to bring nonperishable food and monetary donations for the HCCM food pantry. Just over $4,400 and a total of 5,827 pounds of food were collected to help feed our clients. Over a four year period, Follow the Star has raised over $16,000 and 8.5 tons of food for the pantry.
"We are grateful to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Pastor Marty Brauer for bringing this living Christmas gift to our community and for selecting Hill Country Community Ministries as the beneficiary," said Executive Director Tiesa Hollaway. "It is a true labor of love. We appreciate the ongoing commitment of the dedicated volunteer cast and crew, and we thank the thousands of visitors who make food and financial donations to HCCM so we can assist needy families in our community.” “I am so very proud of our congregation and those who helped with Follow the Star," said Pastor Martin Brauer. "We want this to continue to be a gift to the community. We have now shared our Christmas pageant with over 32,000 people in our four year history. This production is distinct from other outdoor Christmas productions because it features not only the nativity scene of Jesus, but His death and resurrection as well. When asked, 'why the crucifixion scene during the Christmas season?' Pastor Marty Brauer answered, "People need to know the rest of the story. Just as Jesus met the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people, we also intend to do the same through this production."

Coats, Jackets & Blankets Needed

Our supply of coats, jackets, and blankets is very limited. You can help by clearing out your closet of unused or unwanted coats and jackets and donating them to our Clothes Closet.

We can also use blankets. All items need to be clean and in what we call "gently-used, serviceable" condition. A coat or jacket and blanket drive makes a good group project this time of year.