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Plans underway for Vineyard’s 26th annual Christmas Angels Program
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Saturday, Oct. 23, will be the first work day for warehouse clean-out in the Beeville Vineyard’s 26th annual Christmas Angels project.

Registration will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and will continue Tuesday through Thursday (except for Thanksgiving) until 400 spots are filled. TEXCAP limits are used to determine financial need.

Due to budget constraints, there are new rules for children ages 0-12 and senior (68 years and over) or demonstrably disabled citizens (ages 13-67).

Toys for Tots

There will be no U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots assistance this year for Beeville agencies, because no one selected for Beeville coordinator could attend the required paid-for training session in Virginia in September.

“We are already looking for a coordinator for the five agencies in Beeville for the next year,” commented Vineyard Executive Director Bettye Hale.

“Toys for Tots usually donates nearly 7,000 toys to the Beeville area. The regional manager felt that Beeville should stand on its own at this time,” she continued, adding that this volunteer must be registered by the end of January.

Shopping dates

Shopping by the parents starts on Dec. 6, in the Vineyard warehouse. Each family is given an individual appointment for shopping. The last day is Dec. 20. Homebound delivery is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11.

Toys, gifts, toiletries, food and cash donations are needed to serve these families. “We need lots of extra donations of toys and gifts this year to fill the Tots for Toys gap. We still plan to give each child two toys of gifts,” Hale commented.

Sponsored by the Beeville Vineyard, this annual project began, as did the Vineyard, in 1984. They have been a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Tots for Toys approved agency since 1998. Approximately one-half of the gifts given out came from Toys for Tots. The remainder was donated by the Beeville community.

Parents of each child, ages 0-12, will select two gifts or toys from the display. They also receive age-appropriate Christmas coloring books, crayons, plush animals and stocking stuffers. Their families receive food and toiletries. In addition, elderly and disabled registrants receive gifts. Bibles are available in English or Spanish.

Angel Tree, in conjunction with the prison ministry will be on Dec. 20, for children of incarcerated parents. Guardians will need proper letters.

Collections boxes

Wreaths, trees and collection boxes bearing snowmen (for boys) and angels (for girls) with various ages will be placed in stores in mid-November so that shoppers may pick an age.

Many churches have supplied toiletries, gift wrap, crayons and candy canes, including First United Methodist, St. Philip’s Episcopal, First Christian of Pettus, New Hope Christian, Faith Lutheran, St. Joseph and Our Lady of Victory Catholic, Bethlehem Baptist, Cadiz Baptist, First Presbyterian and Word of Life churches.

The Beeville Vineyard has numerous events planned for the coming months and holiday season. Volunteers are always appreciated and may call 358-7500 or 358-2075. Donations of gifts and funds to purchase are accepted now through Dec. 10, at the Vineyard.
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