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A Christmas wish: to serve others
by Chip Latcham
Dec 17, 2008 | 1046 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hooray for the generous, kind-hearted members of this community who came to the aid of their fellow citizens.

Last weekend’s lead story on our front page recognized the re-energized Toys for Bee Kids gift drive program, touting the organizers’ plight that now they had the toys collected, these men needed some help to wrap the 700 presents before the giveaway takes place on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Some 30 individuals (probably mostly females) appeared last Sunday to play Santa’s helpers at the wrapping party, and one person even delivered a $1,500 donation.

“We had a great turnout,” said Marco Garcia, office manager for 3-G Electric Co., which is sponsoring the 2008 gift drive. “It was really awesome. Our parking lot was packed.”

He said 560 toys were wrapped within three hours.

Garcia added that he wanted to hold a second gift wrapping party tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. at 3-G Electric. He had planned to purchase another 200 gifts to make certain there are enough toys for every boy or girl in line.

“We could use any help we can get,” Garcia said. “We appreciate all the help we got last Sunday and we hope we’ll get the same turnout on Thursday.”

Another group that typically needs assistance at this time is the Christmas Angels program at the Beeville Vineyard.

This year 400 families who had no money for Christmas presents or food for the holidays are registered to receive Christmas goodies through this multi-church-sponsored program.

Although the Christmas Angels program will conclude on Thursday, Vineyard Executive Director Bettye Hale said there’s still time for people to make donations.

“We are pretty well done with toys,” she said, “but we still need toothpaste.” The Vineyard always can use contributions of cash or checks, and food will still be distributed to families during the holidays, even after the Christmas Angels program has finished. Call the Vineyard at 358-7500 if people still wish to volunteer or contribute, she said.

Another fantastic way to get involved is coming up this Saturday at the 19th annual Christmas Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Beeville. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the food runs out.

Hot ham dinners with all the trimmings will be served — at no cost — to persons in need or seeking fellowship and will be delivered to shut-ins and the handicapped.

Call the church office at 358-3350 if anyone is offering to make pumpkin pies or yam casseroles, or willing to serve, deliver or clean up afterward.

Last year more than 1,000 people were served at this popular, ecumenical event.

Don’t forget other worthy charitable causes during the Christmas season, such as the South Texas Children’s Home, Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army and others.

There is no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to help others. And, in doing so, you will be blessed.
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