Social Security cards and proof of Beeville residency are required. TEXCAP limits are used to determine financial need.
Shopping by the parents begins Dec. 6 in the Vineyard warehouse. Each family is given an individual appointment time for shopping. The last day is Dec. 22. There will be gifts for children ages 0-12 and for senior citizens (68 years and over) or demonstrably disabled citizens (13-67 years).
Unwrapped toys, gifts, toiletries, food and cash donations will be accepted between now and Dec. 10, to serve these families. There is a need for lots of extra donations of toys this year to fill the Toys for Tots gap. Hams, turkeys and chickens are also needed this year, because they are unavailable at the Food Bank for reduced prices.
Parents of each child ages 0-12 will select two gifts or toys from the display. They also will receive age-appropriate Christmas coloring books, crayons, plush animals and stocking stuffers. Each family receives food and toiletries. In addition, elderly and disabled registrants receive gifts. Bibles are available in English and Spanish. Home-bound delivery is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10.
Angel Tree, in conjunction with the Prison Ministry, will be held Dec. 20, for children of incarcerated parents. Guardians will need proper letters to register.
Wreaths, trees and collection boxes bearing snowmen (boys) and angels (girls) with various ages will be placed in stores and businesses in mid-November so that shoppers may pick an age of a child for which they wish to shop. Unwrapped toys are then brought to the Vineyard or left with businesses that have Christmas Angel boxes.
Wreathes and boxes are being placed in the following businesses this week: Mattresses and More, Navy-Army Credit Union, Tractor Supply, IBC Bank, Steeles, Beeville Police Department, Bee County Sheriff’s Department, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Beeville Bee-Picayune, Bee Cleaners and the First United Methodist Church. More locations will be announced next week.
Local churches supply toiletries, gift wrap, crayons and candy canes.
Members of churches, service organizations, school groups and the community are asked to volunteer by calling 358-7500 or 358-2075.