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Roundup, Brown Santa bring cheer to 1,500

Thorndale Cares serves 160 persons


Massive Roundup sacking/sorting project turned part of KC Hall into ‘Toyland’ on Monday. Toys and food were delivered on Tuesday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Massive Roundup sacking/sorting project turned part of KC Hall into ‘Toyland’ on Monday. Toys and food were delivered on Tuesday. Reporter/Mike Brown Christmas cheer organizations— mostly the giant Christmas Roundup effort—have made the holiday season brighter for a staggering 1,500 persons this season.

Roundup provided food, toys and some clothing for about 1,400 persons in 400 families, all in the Rockdale area.

The new Brown Santa program, conducted through the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, gave toys to 105 children, countywide, ages 2 to 12.

That represents 42 families.

Thorndale Cares served 160 persons in 70 families in and around Thorndale.

NEW RECORD—Roundup set yet another record for number of persons served.

The 1,400 persons in 400 families who were served on Tuesday compares to 1,258 in 331 families in 2010, the previous record.


Milam County Sheriff’s Department employees Wynema Adams (L) and Katrina Douglas Brown display a portion of the toys distributed to 105 children through the Brown Santa program. 
Sheriff’s Department Photo Milam County Sheriff’s Department employees Wynema Adams (L) and Katrina Douglas Brown display a portion of the toys distributed to 105 children through the Brown Santa program. Sheriff’s Department Photo Delivery came after two days of sacking and sorting at the KC Hall that drew scores of volunteers, many of them teenagers.

“ What we do is ver y labor intensive and we need many volunteers to make it work,” Ann King, Roundup spokesperson, said.

“Everyone came through again, as they always do and we thank all those who participated,” she said.

BROWN SA N TA— Brow n Santa was a brand new effort this year. Milam County deputy sheriffs delivered the toys on Tuesday.

“We will continue to accept donations in the Brown Santa account at Citizens National Bank or by mail to the sheriff’s office, 512 North Jefferson, Cameron, TX 76520,” Wynema Adams, spokesperson, said.

She said the top three donors were St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Disco and Charlotte Pipe & Foundry.

“We had a number of anonymous donations,” Adams said. “One lady even made a baby doll quilt and left it in one of our donation barrels.”

THOR NDA LE CA R ES— Melvin Hirt, Thorndale Cares organizer, expressed appreciation to the volunteers who sorted, arranged and delivered to 160 Thorndale area residents.

“ We had about 30 students come out and work,” Hirt said. “A nd they did a tremendous amount of work, from unloading to making the deliveries.”

“We appreciate everyone who came out,” he said.


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