Opportunities to share abound
by Chip Latcham
Dec 05, 2012 | 1508 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite the immense blessing that the Eagle Ford Shale boom has meant to Bee County and this region, many families here are still suffering from a tough economy.

And with the Christmas holiday period approaching, the pressure mounts for these moms and dads to provide holiday feasts and presents under the tree.

The Beeville Vineyard, 210 N. Monroe St., and church food pantries are feeling the pinch, as a growing number of families are without jobs, hurting for funds and needing to feed their families. Many are finding the cupboards are bare.

The Vineyard direly needs food items, canned goods and monetary donations from our community members who can afford to share. Many citizens also are going by the agency’s office who need money to help pay their rent, medical and utility bills.

People also can provide new Christmas toys for the Toys for Tots drive, hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in conjunction with the Vineyard’s Christmas Angels program.

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

Toy collection boxes have been placed at 30 businesses around town. The Pantry stores, along with the UPS Store, also are accepting cash donations which will be used to purchase toys.

Other businesses, such as H-E-B, Aztec Chevrolet and Agarita Clinic, are hosting food and toy drives for needy families. And the Beeville Lions Club and Classique Cleaners are partnering in a “Share the Warmth” project to provide winter coats for men, women and children.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the Dec. 15 Community Christmas Dinner, hosted at the First United Methodist Church. Officials are expecting to serve 1,000 plates filled with ham and all the trimmings at the dine-in only event, with meals served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or until the food runs out.

Christians from all denominations are needed to provide pies and other desserts, and in a variety of work areas, including setup, meal preparation and service and cleanup.

So, there should be no excuse for any charitable souls in our community who are looking for a way to make the holiday season brighter for those less fortunate.

Give back this holiday season. Be good for goodness’ sake.

– Chip Latcham

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