There are several volunteer organizations working to be sure that doesn’t happen in Rockdale and Milam County.
The key word is “volunteer.” Spreading Christmas cheer to the needy is a very labor intensive effort. It’s easy to tell how many volunteers are needed just by the numbers.
Christmas Roundup, the oldest and largest of the efforts provided food, toys and blankets to 331 families with 1,258 individuals, which included 800 children last year.
Those items didn’t sort, sack or deliver themselves. It’s a huge effort but Rockdale has always risen to the occasion and there’s no reason to think 2010 will be any different.
Food, toys and blankets can be dropped off in many local churches and businesses as well as the lobbies of all three Rockdale financial institutions.
Volunteers will be needed three times at the KC Hall, first from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, to receive donations of non-perishable food and toys.
Volunteers will return, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, to sort and pack boxes, than beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, to deliver boxes throughout the community.
The new Brown Santa program, run through the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, will provide toys and children’s books to children 12 and under countywide.
In Rockdale, toys and books may be donated at The Reporter, Brookshire Bros. and Rockdale Intermediate School.
Thorndale Cares is gearing up to serve that community and will need volunteers in the high school cafeteria Dec. 17 for sacking and sorting and Dec. 18 for delivery.
It’s time to help out Santa and there are plenty of opportunities to do just that.—M.B.