COPPERAS COVE — Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans is working to collect donations to help several Fort Hood-area families have Christmas.

“It is a great feeling whenever you can do something for anyone without expecting something back in return,” said Jonathan Haywood, the organization’s president. “It is a blessing.”

The group has a goal of raising $250 for 10 veterans’ families, and has already received donations from several businesses and individuals but is looking for more supporters.

“We have been shopping throughout the week,” Haywood said about the group’s efforts. “But if we have the money over the 10 (families), then we will continue beyond that.”

According to information from the organization, the money being used on the families is for clothing, food and toys, and the Star Group is prohibiting the families from buying items such as alcohol and tobacco.

The families were selected by the organization during its Thanksgiving dinner basket program, which provided more than 300 meals to area veterans.

Haywood said Star Group received a list of families from multiple veterans organizations in November and used the list to generate who was in the most need for the Christmas holiday.

As Star Group’s first year of being its own nonprofit, this is the inaugural Christmas-giving program, Haywood said. He hopes that it will be successful.

“Other years we were working with other organizations,” he said. “Now we decided we could make a bigger difference if we got out there and did our own things that needed an extra push.”

Information from the organization stated donations to the Christmas program can be made in person, by mail in or on the group’s website.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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