Roundup screening applicants
Citing continuing uncertain local economic conditions, the organizers of Rockdale’s Christmas Roundup announced Tuesday the annual drive might not be able to serve all families who apply for food and toys during the 2011 Christmas season.
Ann King, Roundup spokesperson, said the volunteer effort will screen all applicants “ to determine those most in need of help.”
Roundup’s board met Monday evening and surveyed the glum economics of the 2011 situation.
“Last year we spent $13,000, all on food,” King said. “This year, right now, we have $7,000 to spend and we’re sure the demand is going to be equal to, probably greater than, last year’s.”
“And that doesn’t include any money for toy purchases,” she added. “Last year the toys we had donated were the toys we distributed.”
SCREENING—Here’s how it will work in 2011. Applications to be served by Roundup are now available at The Reporter, city library, Chamber of Commerce of fice, Citizens Bank, Classic Bank, Rockdale Federal Credit Union, City Hall and local churches.
“Applications must be completed and returned by Monday, Dec. 5,” King said. “If your application is not accepted you will be notified by Monday, Dec. 12, so you can make other arrangements.”
GIANT EFFORT—Roundup is by far the largest effort of its kind in Milam County.
Last year it served 1,400 persons in 400 families in the Rockdale area.
Two other Christmas cheer efforts were also active in the area. Thorndale Cares provided packages for 70 families with 160 members.
And the Milam County Sheriff’s Department distributed toys to 105 children county-wide.
DONATIONS— Monetary donations may be deposited in the Christmas Roundup account at Citizens National Bank, or sent to Roundup at PO Box 509, Rockdale TX 76567.
Non-perishable food and toys may be deposited in donation boxes, in Christmas Roundup donation boxes at local banks and several businesses throughout Rockdale.
Donations may also be taken to Rockdale Signs any time.
For additional information, contact King at 446-3773 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Cameron-based countywide Christmas food drive is also planning to serve some Rockdale families this holiday season. See story above.