“As usual, I’m already stressing about our food baskets,” said, Kim Arcand, co-char. “It never fails despite how well our year might be going, I start to worry about a couple of weeks before we’re through.”
S.N.O.W. (Someone Needs Our Warmth) strives each year to help make Refugio County residents’ Christmas just a bit brighter. Through their efforts, gifts, and food baskets are shared with less fortunate neighbors throughout the county.
The majority of the gifts are gathered via the S.N.O.W. flake Tree located at the Dennis O’Connor Public Library. Sponsors were able to choose a snowflake containing information about a boy or girl in the county in order to buy gifts for that child. For those that found themselves short of time, a cash donation was made and S.N.O.W “elves” gladly volunteered to do the shopping.
As a result of the unceasing efforts of the staff at the library, only a few children’s S.N.O.W flakes remain on the tree. At this point, attention turns to food baskets that accompany each family’s gift bag.
“I believe we’re going to be fine with regard to gifts for all of our children on the tree this year,” said, Pat Blackwell, co-chair. “Our concern now is whether or not we’ll be able to provide ‘okay’ food baskets or ‘good’ food baskets.”
Generally, these baskets always contain a turkey, a bag of flour and sugar, rice, pinto beans, a loaf of bread and a few cans of vegetables. When donations are more plentiful, additional items such as canned or fresh fruit, Jell-O, cookies, tea, paper towels and Kool-Aid are also included.
“We’ve been very lucky in some respects this year,” Kim said. “Dale Horton in the meat market of the Beeville Wal-Mart is working with us to get the turkeys at a really good price. Turkey’s are our costliest item, so the more we save there, the more we have to spend on other food items.”
Although organizer would like to remind sponsors that their gifts are due back at the library this Friday, Dec. 2, there is still time to help with food baskets. Anyone wishing to donate towards the cost of a food basket can do so by leaving it with the library staff anytime between now and next Friday, Dec. 9.
Kim and Pat both insist that every little bit helps, so a donation of even $5 will assist greatly in their efforts. On a successful year, each basket costs between $40-50, depending on the size of the family.
“Look, if you donate just $5, we’re able to buy five packages of rice or cookies or maybe 25 packets of Kool-Aid,” Pat said. “Every donation helps and it all adds up to a Merrier Christmas for each one of us.”