Christmas drives coming up short
It has not been a prosperous year for many families in Port Aransas, and Christmas is when it hits hardest.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual Care and Share food drive collects donations for Christmas dinners to Port Aransas families in need, soldiers overseas and toys for the Toy Roundup.
Last year the drive served more than 200 families, and the drive co-chairs Jim and Janet Brannan said there is even more need this year. Unfortunately, donations are down from last year, so far.
“The need is up, but donations are lagging behind by a significant amount,” said Jim Brannan.
VFW Post 8976 volunteers will man a table to accept donations at the Family Center IGA, 418 S. Alister St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20. On weekdays, contributions may be put in a box at the Family Center or dropped off at the post home, 311 N. Alister St.
Cash contributions may be mailed to Care and Share, c/o VFW Post 8967, P.O. Box 1447, Port Aransas, TX 78373, or dropped off at the post home.
Nonperishable food donations to complement a Christmas dinner will be accepted. Hams and turkeys and other perishables will be purchased with cash donations.
Eligible families that would like to receive a box of goods to make a Christmas dinner may sign up at the post home by Saturday, Dec. 19. They must provide a name, complete street address, telephone number and proof of residency in Port Aransas. Those already registered with the Food Pantry will be registered automatically, but need to make sure the VFW has a physical address and phone number for delivery.
VFW members and volunteer helpers will set up tables and boxes in the Civic Center on Monday, Dec. 21. Volunteers will fill boxes with food the next day, then pass them on to the City of Port Aransas Public Works Department for delivery to the families.
Care and Share also donates to the annual Emergency Services Toy Roundup each year.