Waxahachie CARE will hold its Founder’s Day Food Drive the week of Aug. 19-26 in honor of its late founder, Mattie Borders, who passed away last year at the age of 105. 

A special day of commemoration will be held on Borders’ birthday, Monday, Aug. 26, when Borders’ daughter, Robbie Frazier, hosts a balloon release at 10 a.m. at Fraternal Cemetery on East Jefferson Street.

Following the balloon release, Waxahachie CARE will host an open house in Borders’ memory at its offices, 1208 Ferris Ave., with refreshments and tours.

Organizers note how the present-day facility “grew from the small, compassionate pantry [Borders] began from her home 37 years ago.”

In honor of “Miss Mattie,” non-perishable food donations may be dropped at the Waxahachie CARE offices throughout the week. 

The community is invited to join in the weeklong celebration of Borders’ legacy.

For more information about Waxahachie CARE, which serves the community and those in need in several ways, including through its food bank, visit its website at https://www.waxahachiecare.org/home or on Facebook at Waxahachie Care (@waxahachie.care). The nonprofit’s main number is 972-923-2273.

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