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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Look at options for giving in community

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.


Every December, the air is filled with the sound and general feeling of Christmas. From the music heard in stores and radio stations, the shelves stocked with seasonal items and homes across town stringing up lights, Christmas is in the air, and one of the iconic sights and sounds that confirms this reality is the friendly Salvation Army bell ringer standing in front of stores around town with the red kettle asking for donations.

Every year since 1891, the Salvation Army has set out the iconic red kettles to collect donations that will be used to provide toys, coats, food and services to the people who need them, according to the Salvation Army website.

But the Salvation Army isn't the only group collecting donations for this year's Christmas season. Every year, several area and national groups hold toy drives, food drives and more to help make the holidays a special time for and bless the lives of those who would otherwise go without. The United States Marines Corps. supports the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. In the Crossroads area, Toys for Tots will help provide donated toys for several nonprofit groups in a seven-county area, including Blue Santa, Salvation Army, Devereux, Restoration House, Perpetual Help Home, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Celebrate Recover and Warrior's Weekend. Residents can donate new, unwrapped toys with a value of $10 to $15 in donation barrels located around town, including H-E-B stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreens locations, Wells Fargo locations, VISD schools, the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, The Victoria Police Department, Best Buy, Prosperity Bank locations and many more.

Wal-Mart Supercenter is also taking part in the Fill-the-Truck event Friday to Sunday as well as the Angel Tree program through Dec. 15. Each of these programs are intended to collect toys for the Salvation Army to distribute to needy children.

For those who need help getting food for the holidays, H-E-B will once again host the Feast of Sharing on Dec. 19. The free event will provide a holiday feast to everyone who comes. People who wish to volunteer to serve at the event can call 211 for more information. The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent is also collecting donations of nonperishable food items to distribute to families during the holidays. Various locations will be holding food drives throughout the month, including Victoria College, Eyemart Express and Trinity Episcopal Church. Dillard's Department Store is holding a food drive until Dec. 14.

These are just a few ways that residents can get involved during this holiday season. Every day, families in our area face the struggle of making ends meet, feeding their children and finding ways to provide clothing and toys. During this season, we hope that members of the community will once again show compassion by coming together to support those less fortunate during what should be a time of celebration.

The Crossroads is a wonderful area full of strong, caring people. We look forward to seeing the effects of the community's generosity once again.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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