Friday, January 19, 2018
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FromthepublisherThank you to Pat Julian, Sharon Swanson and all the ladies at Texas Trails for inviting me to the Texas Trails Ladies Christmas Luncheon last week.

In addition to enjoying a wonderful luncheon and visiting with some of the park residents, we got to hear about some of the projects the park residents are doing to help the children of the Rio Grande Valley.

Also attending the luncheon were Pharr Police officers J.C. Aguirre and Daniel Garcia, who spoke to the group about the many different projects the police department conducts to help the community.

The Texas Trails ladies organize a project each year to gather Teddy bears to donate to the Pharr Police Department to help with their Blue Santa program. This year, the Pharr Police plan to give away 1,000 toys for children living in the colonias or who have been identified by school counselors as children in needy families.

That’s not all. The Texas Trails ladies also donated many Teddy bears and stuffed animals and made 24 quilts for the children receiving cancer treatments at the Vannie Cook Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen. On hand to receive the donations were Victoria Guerra, director of development for Vannie Cook, and Yadhira Huerta, social worker at Vannie Cook.

It is wonderful to see the spirit of giving and caring that abounds in our Winter Texan communities. Thank you Texas Trails Ladies and thank you to all Winter Texans who help with toy drives and food drives, making quilts and blankets, knitting baby clothes, and all the other kind acts of service you provide to bless the lives of the children and the poor here in South Texas.

I so appreciate your time-honored values, your industry and your caring for others. You are truly a blessing to the people here in the Valley.

God bless you all, and best wishes for a joyous Christmas! You have done so much to make the season brighter for others. Thank you!

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