Volunteer time

Thanksgiving set the tone, now Christmas season needs workers

The holiday season is here. Oh, you knew? Something about eating all weekend and watching the lines of shoppers at all the stores.

That’s part of what the holiday season is all about. But in large part, especially in South Milam County, the holiday season is also about rolling up your sleeves and volunteering your time to help those who might otherwise not have those “happy holidays” we’re always wishing.

The annual Community Outreach Thanksgiving Meal kicked off the “volunteer holiday season” a couple of Saturdays ago. More than 1,200 plates were prepared and delivered by over 50 volunteers.

On Thanksgiving Day, a couple of dozen volunteers gathered in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church to prepare and serve meals for 80 persons.

For Christmas there are three volunteer groups who are going to need lots of volunteer help in upcoming weeks.

Dec. 9 is the deadline to nominate individuals to be served by Christmas Roundup, which last year donated toys to 800 individuals in 249 families.

Rockdale’s KC Hall will be open for donations from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18. On Dec. 19, the hall will be open for sacking and sorting, a mammoth job which requires scores of volunteer helpers.

They’ll need to come back one more time the next day for delivery.

Thorndale Cares is a similar Christmas drive serving that area. Donations of food, toys ands coats are needed. On Dec. 21, volunteers will gather at the Thorndale High School lunchroom for sacking and sorting. Delivery day is Dec. 22.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department’s Brown Santa holiday toy drive, which serves children throughout the county, is already under way. Toys may be brought to the law enforcement center (county jail) in Cameron.

For information call 254-697-7033 and ask for Mrs. Adam or Capt. Douglas.

How about it? Your pay could be priceless, a smile from a child who thought Santa wasn’t coming this year.—M.B.

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