Cold air, holidays and the spirit of our generous community are upon us. The McKinney Chamber’s success is due solely to our membership. Not only do our members support the goals of our organization, but they give generously to groups and individuals who need assistance. The Chamber’s committees, programs and publications provide a platform for others to get involved throughout the year, but that’s just the beginning. Visit McKinneyOnline.com throughout the holidays to read about what others are doing, to stay connected and get involved.

Leadership McKinney – Food for Friends Oatmeal Drive, Salvation Army Bell Ringers and Class Project

Each year, Leadership McKinney, a program of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce finds ways for their class to support the local community. The 2014 Leadership McKinney class will participate in the Food for Friends Oatmeal drive that kicks off Friday, Nov. 22 with a get-together at The Sanctuary in Adriatica. The evening will feature food and entertainment along with an oatmeal drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry of McKinney.

In addition this season, the class will serve as bell ringers for the local Salvation Army. Finally, each Leadership class participates in a service project designed to instill the practice of volunteer service.

McKinney Magazine and Online Companion McKinneyOnline.com – Annual Holiday Nonprofit Wish List

Throughout the year, McKinney Magazine supports local nonprofits with editorial profiling organizations or their events. In addition, McKinneyOnline.com publishes an annual “wish list” for nonprofits highlighting the mission of each organization and their needs. Visit McKinneyOnline.com to view this year’s Wish List.

McKinney Chamber Ambassadors – Socks for Seniors

Each November, ambassadors of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce conduct “Socks for Seniors” benefiting senior citizens serviced by Meals on Wheels of Collin County.

This year’s goal is to raise 500 pairs of new socks that will be given to seniors just in time for the holidays – and the cold weather. Socks will be accepted through Nov. 29 and can be brought to the Chamber office. Click here for a list of the Chamber Ambassadors. Contact the McKinney Chamber of Commerce for more information.

McKinney Young Professionals – Christmas in July Toy Drive

The McKinney Young Professionals (MYP) holds an annual “Christmas in July" Toy Drive benefiting CASA of Collin County in mid-summer each year. Donation boxes are distributed to local Chamber businesses for collection then presented to CASA.

CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. Susan Etheridge, director of CASA, states, “CASA relies on strong community support especially during the holidays, but their children need help all year long. The McKinney Young Professionals have not forgotten the importance of giving back. Not only do they personally collect gift cards and toys, but they also encourage other businesses in the community to follow their example.”