The second annual Draw Down for a Hand Up, benefitting the Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter, is scheduled for September 25, at 6p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 4701 Garland in Texarkana. David James of Albert’s Meat Company will cater and QuickSilver will provide entertainment for the event. This event will feature a dinner, live entertainment, an open bar, a silent auction and the drawdown game. Tickets are available for a donation of $100 and include a chance to win $5,000, dinner for two, drinks, and entertainment. There are also tickets available for $35 each that include dinner for one, drinks and entertainment. Tickets are available through Randy Sams’ Board members and through the Shelter by calling 903-280-2289.

The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter is the only completely free shelter serving adult men and women in an 85-mile radius. Their mission is to serve the homeless. In the first eight months of 2014, 100 people have moved from the Shelter into permanent housing. The nights of shelter provided have increased 14% over the same time period last year, and 22% from the same time period in 2010.

The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter was developed as a product of a labor of love. Founded in 1996, the Shelter’s mission is to meet the immediate needs of safe temporary lodging and food for the poor and homeless who come into our midst until their return to self-sustained community life.

For more information about the Randy Sams Outreach Shelter and its mission, please visit or call 903-792-7024.