Holiday programs to serve needy

Roundup, Thorndale Cares seeking volunteers for Christmas cheer distributions

Needy families in Rockdale, and throughout Milam County, will get visits from Santa this year thanks to several Christmas cheer programs now underway.

Final day to apply to be served by Roundup, which brightened thelivesofabout1,000Rockdale area residents in 2012, was Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Thorndale-area residents may apply to be served by Thorndale Cares until Dec. 13. Forms are available at Thorndale City Hall.

And children throughout the county wanting a visit from “Brown Santa” may apply through Dec. 17 at the Milam County Sheriff’s Department

Both Roundup and Thorndale Cares need volunteers to help with the massive task of delivery in a couple of weeks.

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

Food and toy donations can be taken to Rockdale Signs at any time.

SCHEDULE—The Knights of Columbus Hall will be open on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 5- 7 p.m. to accept donations of food and toys.

On Monday, Dec. 16, the KC Hall will open at 9 a. m. for volunteers to help fill boxes for delivery to needy families.

Persons who have designated that they want to pick up their Christmas Roundup boxes will be able to do so from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.

Delivery date for food and gifts will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. Families who elected to pick up their boxes and did not do so on Monday may come to the KC Hall at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to receive their boxes.

Volunteers are needed all days but especially on Tuesday to help with delivery.

For additional information, contact Ann King at 446-3773 or email

THORNDALE CARES— Non-perishable food, boxed toys and coats are now being collected for Thorndale Cares, the annual Christmas cheer effort in the Thorndale area.

Delivery will be 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec 21. Delivery is inside the city limits only or those being served may pick up their boxes in the Thorndale ISD cafeteria.

Donations may be made at City Hall or Thorndale Meat Market.

At the Thorndale Christmas parade on Dec. 7, Thorndale Masonic Lodge 978 will collect items for Thorndale Cares at its barbecue stand on the south end of Main Street.

BROWN SANTA—Names of Milam residents wanting to be served by the Brown Santa toys for kids drive are being taken at the sheriff’s office in Cameron.

Applicants must bring a Medicaid or WIC card with the child’s name on it, plus a valid Texas ID. Applications can be picked up at the sheriff’s office.

Anyone interested in donating new, unwrapped toys can bring them to the sheriff’s office, the only location for such donations.

Ask for Wynema Adams or Capt. Douglas, 254-697-7033.

A Brown Santa account has been set up for donations at Classic Bank. Monetary donation may be mailed to: Brown Santa/Wynema Adams, 512 N. Jefferson, Suite A, Cameron, TX 76520.

GERMAINE CARES— Named in honor of the late Germaine Dawson, this Foundation will assist one family with Christmas presents.

TaNisha McKenzie, spokesperson, said the Foundation would like to provide Christmas presents to the children of a family this holiday season and make Christmas a little brighter for that family.

Those interested in assisting may contact McKenzie at or call her at 512-619-9005.

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