The McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) and Hope Rising are teaming up to collect essential needs items for Hope's Door, Collin County's only domestic violence shelter. Hope's Door opened in 1986 with only a hotline and motel rooms to shelter victims, expanding in 1989 with a dedicated shelter and serving over 6,000 women and children in need of safety since that time.

Funding for Hope's Door is on hold during the shutdown of the federal government, which affects their ability to purchase items necessary for shelter residents. They are in need of the following essentials: full-size hair shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Donations of gift cards for Walmart, Target and gas cards are also needed.

Hope Rising will set up a collection point for these items during the final weekend of McKinney Repertory Theatre's production of Neil Simon's The (Female) Odd Couple at the McKinney Performing Arts Center Oct.12-13.


About MRT

McKinney Repertory Theatre is a member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Community Theatre. MRT is supported in part by grants or awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of McKinney through the McKinney Arts Commission. Visit our website

About Hope Rising

Hope Rising exists to create positive change through arts-related events and activities that foster education and awareness about sexual and domestic violence and, in doing so, provide aid and support to organizations whose primary mission is to serve persons affected by sexual and domestic violence in Collin County, Texas. Hope Rising incorporated in the State of Texas in June of 2013 and has filed for a 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS. To learn more about Hope Rising and other upcoming events visit