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Two more holiday hints
by Chip Latcham
Dec 10, 2010 | 980 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A couple of additional opportunities present themselves for those still trying to get in the Christmas spirit.

First, the Beeville Vineyard needs toys for its Christmas Angels program, which is operating this year without its Toys for Tots affiliation.

The Vineyard has appointments scheduled with families in need through Dec. 21. The organization will accept toys through that date. But, as executive director Bettye Hale said, “the sooner, the better.”

About 400 families, including from 800 to 1,200 children, will be helped by volunteers at the Vineyard. There they will select toys, stocking stuffers and books, along with bags of decorations, food and toiletries.

To donate, persons should bring unwrapped toys to the Vineyard, or leave them in designated boxes at local stores. Checks for this nonprofit agency are always accepted as well.

This is a great way to help provide Christmas to someone you may never meet who otherwise would not have been able to celebrate with family.

In addition to giving to a wonderful cause, citizens are encouraged to buy tickets, offered at several stores and the Chamber of Commerce, and set out Sunday afternoon on the 28th annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

This year’s featured stops include whimsical snowmen and traditional ornaments at the Thomas home, ornate decorations and elegant dining table settings from another era at the historic Miller home, and handmade ornaments and papier maché decorations at the Stubbins home.

Sponsored by the Beeville Art Association, this fund-raising event again will include refreshments at the Beeville Art Museum, which is adorned for the holidays.

It’s an excellent way to help the arts in our community and also acquire creative ideas for decorating the home.

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