This is the sixth year that the local grocery store has helped Aztec and the Alaniz family with the toy distribution.
“They are the ones that approached us,” said Mary E. Perez, with the local H-E-B Food Store. “They just wanted to give something back.”
Thanks to the work of these two businesses and the many more that donated, 207 children will receive presents this year.
The distribution began in 2007 with 50 families and more than 100 children receiving bundles from this drive.
Luiz Alaniz voiced his thanks to numerous businesses who have offered their assistance, and money, to make the benefit successful.
“Everybody we asked has come forward and said, ‘How much do you need,’” he said. “I think every year it grows a little bigger.”
Toys and food were purchased through H-E-B with money collected by the Alaniz family and employees of Aztec.
“This year, we also donated $3,000 as well,” Perez said.
Sixty families will receive baskets of food, and four elderly people will receive care baskets.
Ensuring that those receiving the items are truly needy is up to the Alaniz family.
“Mrs. Alaniz goes to their house, talks to them and interviews them to make sure they are needy,” Perez said.
Toys were selected based on age. Food baskets contain everything needed to make a traditional Christmas dinner including a turkey and ham.
For the next few days, volunteer groups will gather to help wrap the toys. Then on Dec. 22, the Beeville police, fire and sheriff’s departments will deliver the bundles.