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Call for help this holiday
by Bee-Picayune staff
Dec 07, 2012 | 1370 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lucy Garcia restocks the shelves inside the Beeville Vineyard Tuesday morning. She and two other volunteers are helping with the toy and food giveaway at the Vineyard. It’s not too late to donate to one of the many charities which need assistance this holiday season. See where
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Lucy Garcia restocks the shelves inside the Beeville Vineyard Tuesday morning. She and two other volunteers are helping with the toy and food giveaway at the Vineyard. It’s not too late to donate to one of the many charities which need assistance this holiday season. See where Jason Collins photo
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Kay McBrayer, a volunteer, helps an unidentified woman select a toy for her child. The woman was one of several to come into the Beeville Vineyard Tuesday to receive toys and food as a recipient of Toys of Tots and Christmas Angels programs.
Jason Collins photo Kay McBrayer, a volunteer, helps an unidentified woman select a toy for her child. The woman was one of several to come into the Beeville Vineyard Tuesday to receive toys and food as a recipient of Toys of Tots and Christmas Angels programs.
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Statistics show that Bee County has a higher percentage of people living below the poverty level than the state average.

But thanks to a plethora of donation drives, many of these people will still have presents under the tree and feasts for the holidays.

The newest of these drives is the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive in Bee County.

Kay Past, who is coordinating the local program in Beeville, hasn’t totaled local collections but is amazed with the amount of toys coming in from the national organization.

“These supplements that we have been getting mostly are things aimed at teenagers,” she said last week. “Yesterday, I was looking, and we got hair driers and curlers.”

Most of those who have registered through the Beeville Vineyard for the giveaway have younger children.

“So, we are going to give those to the Boys and Girls Club and agencies that work with older children,” she said.

Parents had until this past Friday to register for the Vineyard’s Christmas Angels Program to receive not only toys but also food for Christmas.

While the Christmas Angels registration has passed, registration for Toys for Tots is still going on.

“Anybody who wants to get toys can still get toys,” Past said, adding that they do verify that those requests are coming from people who truly do need help.

“We are going to make a bunch of people happy, and we want to make as many people happy as possible,” Past said.

Toy collection boxes have been placed at 30 businesses around town.

The Pantry stores, along with the UPS Store, are also able to accept cash donations which will be used to purchase toys.

Coat drive

The Beeville Lions Club will hold a coat drive to help those in need this winter.

The club and Mike Weigel, owner of Classique Cleaners, are partnering in “Share the Warmth” project to provide winter coats for men, women and children.

Drop boxes are located at IBC Banks, 802 E. Houston St. and 302 N. St. Mary’s St.; the Beeville Bee-Picayune, 111 N. Washington St.; and Classique Cleaners, 1107 N. Washington St. Classique Cleaners is providing dry cleaning/washing of all coats prior to being donated to the Vineyard.

Donations of food

H-E-B has a donation box at the front of the store for food donations. These donations will go to the Beeville Vineyard, which will in turn distribute this to needy families.

Other donations

Aztec Chevrolet is expected again to hold its donation drive with the help of area businesses. Along with help from H-E-B, they will collect money to purchase food and toys for those in need in this Christmas.

The Beeville Vineyard is always in need of donations to help the needy pay not only medical bills but also rent and utility bills. The charitable agency also is in need of money to help pay its operating costs, which includes utility bills and salaries.
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