Last month, we told you about Ernest Kimble, 53, who had lived for decades in a motel and was able to move into an apartment days before Christmas. His agency, Community Action Inc. of Central Texas planned on using Season for Caring funds for the rent, but one reader pledged three months of rent and now another reader gave a check for the remaining nine months of rent for this year. 

Since the Statesman launched its 20th Season for Caring on Nov. 25, readers have given $643,606 in monetary donations and $218,728 in in-kind donations of goods and services. The total — $862,344 — makes this Season for Caring the second best since it began in 1999.

The community still can give. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31, either online at or by sending checks made out to Statesman Season for Caring to Austin Community Foundation, c/o Statesman Season for Caring, 4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751.

Donations go to help the featured families first, and then the local nonprofit partner agencies are able to help hundreds of other families with basic needs throughout the year. Season for Caring has given more than $12.5 million to our community.

Ernest Kimble has had many of his needs met. He could use grocery store gift cards, now that he has a kitchen to cook meals in. He also need towels and bathroom supplies. Community Action Inc. of Central Texas, 512-392-1161,