Community responding to Roundup

Organizers expect deluge of last-minute applicants as Monday deadline approaches

The Rockdale community has rallied to the support of Christmas Roundup, after the longtime program of holiday cheer announced it might not be able to serve everyone in need this year.

But with a Monday deadline to apply for Roundup assistance approaching, organizers are bracing for heavy last-minute demand and still fear they’ll have to turn some away.

“The community has just been great and we have received donations and support, including several events scheduled to benefit Roundup,” Ann King, Roundup volunteer, said. “We appreciate all the support.”

DANCE—Another Roundup-benefit event is scheduled Saturday night after the Christmas parade.

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will host a dance at The Ranch from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with “The Crop Dusters.”

Ticket sales benefit Roundup.

LAST-MINUTE—“ The history of this effort has been that hundreds of persons wait until the last minute to apply for Roundup help,” she said. “And, that’s Monday. We really won’t know where we stand until all those are in.”

Last year Roundup delivered food and toys to 1,400 individuals in 400 families.

In mid-November, volunteers believed they might only have resources to serve half the persons who might apply in 2011.

APPLICATIONS—Applications to be served by Roundup may be picked up at The Rockdale Reporter, Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, One-Stop Center, Citizens National Bank, Classic Bank, Rockdale Federal Credit Union, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Rockdale City Hall and local churches.

Families not being served will be notified by Dec. 12, she said.

DONATIONS— Monetary donations can be deposited in the Christmas Roundup account at Citizens National Bank or sent to PO Box 509, Rockdale TX 76567.

Food and toy donations can be taken to Rockdale Signs at anytime. Other drop off locations for toys and food will be available soon, according to King.

The Knights of Columbus Hall, east of Rockdale on US 79, will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 from 5-7 p.m. to accept donations of food and toys, she said.

On Monday, December 19, the KC Hall will open at 9 a.m. for volunteers to help fill boxes for delivery to needy families, she said.

Delivery date for food and gifts will be Tuesday, December 20, beginning at 9 a.m.

BROWN SANTA—Toy donations to the sheriff’s department Brown Santa program may be made at The Reporter, Rockdale Police Department, Walmart and throughout the county.

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