Holiday programs to serve needy
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 Christmas Roundup, which brightened the lives of about 1,000 Rockdale-area residents in 2012, was Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Roundup is the annual holiday program which provides toys and food to needy children and families.
The group is expecting to serve 963 individuals in 247 family units this Christmas.
However, due to a “ lack of funds,” Roundup will not be able to include perishable items this year (chicken, butter, eggs, etc.), organization spokesperson Ann King said.
“One or two items have been cut every year for the past few years but this year our funding is such that we are cutting even more items. Families will still receive boxes with nourishing food items,” she said.
“We are stretching our dollars to serve as many as possible. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the funds to provide all the items we have in the past,” she said.
ROUNDUP—Monetary donations can be deposited in the Christmas Roundup account at Citizens National Bank or sent to PO Box 509, Rockdale, Texas 76567.
King said that boxes for toys, food and blanket donations are at Citizens National Bank, Classic Bank, Rockdale Federal Credit Union, the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and Rockdale Signs and Photography.
Also, all Rockdale schools have boxes and are collecting food items, with each campus choosing a different item to collect.
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 vol- unteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER AREA HELP— Thorndale-area residents may apply to be served by Thorndale Cares until Friday, Dec. 13. Forms are available at Thorndale City Hall.
And children throughout the county wanting a visit from “Brown Santa” may apply through Tuesday, 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.
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.
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.