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50th Anniversary

Waco Central (TX) Links to Celebrate its 50th Anniversary

The Waco Central (TX) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, is excited to announce that it will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a lineup of events that will include a sock collection-donation drive, community service activities, a movie filming—culminating with a gala in May 2025.

“This is our opportunity to celebrate our efforts to enhance the quality of life in the Waco Central Texas community for several decades,” said Chapter Vice President Debra Simmons Evans, chair of the 50th-anniversary committee. 

Our ambitious goal is to collect more than 1,000 socks to donate to non-profit organizations in Central Texas, Simmons Evans said.

 “Many people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities need socks to warm their hearts and cover their cold feet,” she said.

The National Socks for Seniors program benefits seniors living alone, in nursing homes, and even those who are homeless. The socks don’t have to be a certain size or color. Non-skid socks are preferred for nursing home residents, but they are not required.

The Waco Chapter was chartered in May of 1974. It serves the following Central Texas communities: Marlin, Hearne, Calvert, Waco, Killeen, Temple, and other nearby areas. 

“As a chapter, we strive to enhance the quality of life of individuals,” said Waco Chapter President Sandra Forsythe.  “We provide programs that impact their health, education attainment, living conditions and economic status by providing better education opportunities, and advocating for legislation to improve overall quality life for all.”

The Waco Central (TX) Chapter’s signature programs include the Fall into Reading Literacy Program, a partnership with Killeen ISD; the ACE Baylor Links Digital Media Program, a collaboration with ACE, Baylor Journalism and Calvert ISDs; the Healthy Heart program, a partnership with Baylor Scott and White Hospital Temple, and the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Dental Program.

“Members of the Waco Central (TX) Chapter are grateful for the support provided by community advocates and allies,” said Nicole Williams, coordinating marketing and promotions for the event. “Without you, these programs would not be possible.” 

Please visit wacolinks.org for more information about partnership opportunities or to become a sponsor of the 50th Anniversary event.

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