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NAM Update - Did you know about hunger in the US?
Northwest Assistance Ministries

December, 2010

Monthly Update - December 2010


Hunger in the U.S. - Did you know that…     

  • The prevalence of food insecurity declined from 11.9 % of households in 2004 to 11% in 2005 and remained near that level until 2007. In 2008 and 2009, the prevalence of food insecurity increased to 14.6 % of households.
  •  5.7 % of U.S. households had very low food security at some time during 2009.
  • In 2009, 50.2 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 17.2 million children.

Brighten the Holidays for Neighbors in Need!

For many children, the holiday season is not a time of blessing and bounty, but a time of sorrow and need. Children cannot understand why they won’t have gifts this year, or a turkey dinner, or decorations. They don’t know the struggles their parents face in just keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Every child prays to experience the magic of this holy season. With your help, we can answer those prayers. Your gift will spread holiday cheer to Neighbors in Need by ensuring a proper family meal and gifts for children and teens.

Our goal is to raise $437,891 in cash and in-kind support from individuals and businesses in the month of December. Your gift of $15 can provide a holiday dinner for a family of four. $35 can provide toys for a child. $100 can feed a family for a week. $450 can feed a family for a month. Every gift will make a difference.

To donate online, go to Click on Special projects, and then select either

Virtual Toy Drive
or Holiday Food Drive. 

Holiday Concert to benefit NAM- Dec. 10

A holiday concert featuring Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines will be held Friday, December 10 at 8pm at the Spring Creek Oaks Club House at 6002 Bur Oak, Spring, Texas. Tickets are $15 and 100% of proceeds benefit NAM. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Please call 713-572-1124 or email


A classically trained vocalist and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Terri Hendrix is a firm believer in the theory that “life’s too short for one genre,” dodging musical pigeonholes by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own that plays like a lovingly compiled mix-CD. Add to that her charismatic stage presence and reputation for always delivering an energetic and spiritually uplifting live show, it’s no wonder why the Terri Hendrix “experience” has been embraced by three generations of loyal fans across the country and around the globe. In 2010, she was inducted into the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi, joining such Lone Star luminaries as Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson and all four original Texas Tornados. 


Lloyd Maines is an American Grammy Award-winning country music record producer, musician and songwriter. Arguably best known as a pedal steel player, Maines is a multi-instrumentalist who has also performed and/or recorded playing dobro, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, lap steel guitar, banjo and bell tree. He toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band and has also played with Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Golden Bear , and other Texas musicians. Maines was a member of The Maines Brothers Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is also a record producer who has produced and worked on recording projects with numerous artists, including Richard Buckner, Butch Hancock, Rita Hosking, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Robison, the Lost Gonzo Band, Two Tons of Steel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wayne Hancock, Intocable, Owen Temple, Robert Earl Keen, Terri Hendrix, Pat Green, Roger Creager, and The Waybacks. Maines won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2003 as producer of the Dixie Chicks' album, Home. As the father of Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, he was instrumental in bringing the current lineup of bandmates together in 1995.

December Educational Events at NAM

Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities will be held on Tuesday, November 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class is presented by the Houston Bar Association. Discussion topics will include issues such as: 

  • Review of a Standard Texas Lease Agreement
  • Dealing with Health and Safety Issues
  • Who is responsible for Security?
  • Paying deposits and recovering deposits?


Planning for the Holidays will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class will be presented by Money Management International. The holiday season can create an unexpected financial strain for many families. It is easy to underestimate the cost of the holidays and spend more than you want to – or can afford. Planning for the Holidays teaches: 

  • the ABCs of holiday planning;
  • holiday savings tips;
  • alternative gift ideas; and
  • how to create a personalized holiday planner.


Identity Theft will be held on Thursday, December 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This class is also presented by the Houston Bar Association. Discussion topics will include issues such as: 

  • What is identity theft?
  • What should you do if your identity is stolen?
  • How can you fight identity theft?


All classes are offered free of charge to participants and will be held at NAM’s main office at 15555 Kuykendahl, room 437. For more information, contact NAM’s Rotary Learning Center Coordinator, Bambi Alderson-Shields, at 281-885-4626 or at



 Save the Dates- 2011! 


February 27, 2011 – Art for the Hungry. Sign up to collect 1,000 non-perishable food items and make them into a sculpture, to be displayed for two weeks at Willowbrook Mall. All food goes to NAM’s Food Pantry. For info, call 281-885-4608 or email


May 3, 2011- Endowment Dinner.   This year’s event will feature speaker Jeannette Walls, author of “The Glass Castle.” Tickets start at $150. For info, call 281-885-4605 or


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