Collecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House has been ongoing at La Floresta Park in Mercedes for many years. This year, Rodger and Jean Vanderville from Manistique, Michigan, arrived at La Floresta Park with over 50 pounds of tabs collected from family and friends in their hometown. These were combined with some collected at La Floresta Park, and a total of about 68,740 individual tabs were taken to the Ronald McDonald House in Corpus Christi. The money from can tabs adds up and becomes a valuable donation to the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald Houses are located near children’s hospitals. Their mission is to provide a place for families to stay, who are far from home, so they can focus on the health of their child. They also assist families with travel and other expenses.
Now is a time to care and to share our time and our talents. Last month my interest was really aroused when I was lucky enough to participate in a trade show where a representative from our Rio Grande Valley Food Bank had a booth directly across from mine. I had often wondered exactly how our RGV Food Bank operates and here was my chance to learn more. Have my eyes been opened? I learned a lot. Now it is time to share some of that information. There is not room to share all that I learned so I will just hit the high points.
Read more: Time to Care and Share
There are some Winter Texans at Casa del Sol that need your help. They are collecting donations to help the people affected by the tornadoes in KY. They are seeking monetary donations, although items are welcome as well. They have a semi-trailer that is loading stuff in NE to take to KY with the donated items.
There were communities that were completely destroyed - they need everything - said Lynn Clasen who is spearheading the effort. A big concern is that temperatures are dropping and these people need warm clothes and blankets - amongst other regular items.
Read more: Seeking help
By Herb Moering
Three Christian ministries have partnered to bring holiday cheer to hundreds of children in Mexico through a backpack and shoebox project.
A truckload of a couple thousand backpacks and shoe boxes each containing school supplies, articles of clothing, a game, hygiene items and a booklet arrived in San Juan Dec. 4. Most of the supplies will be distributed Dec. 28 in various Christmas celebrations at churches and orphanages in many Mexican communities, according to Bruce Hepburn, whose Mexico Missions ministry in San Juan acts as the distribution hub in Reynosa, Mexico.
Read more: Partnering ministries geared to see joyful faces
By Barb Zanetti
Tripp Wright of Alamo Rec-Veh Park said he missed being Santa to over 2,000 children after Progeso’s Amigo group disbanded last year. So, he came up with a plan to entertain hundreds of children, but he knew he couldn’t do it alone.
To help local needy children and their families enjoy the Christmas season, Tripp persuaded three groups to pool their resources and their volunteers. In less than a month they planned, collected contributions, and shopped for a Dec. 11 party, which they called “Santa’s Posada”.
Read more: Santa's Legacy: Local children treated to 1st annual Santa’s Posada
By Herb Moering
The nippy, breezy weather didn’t deter spectators lining the route Saturday night for the City of Alamo’s lighted Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony.
While most of those watching the 43 entries pass by were bundled up in sweaters and coats, Del Engrisch skipped the extra coverings since she had arrived that day leaving behind 16 inches of snow and the accompanying cold in Minnesota. Her husband, Warren, missed the snowstorm because he had arrived three weeks ago at their place in La Hacienda Estates in Alamo.
Read more: Winter Texans enjoy Alamo Parade
Christmas is fast approaching. Shoppers will soon be greeted by the familiar sound of The Salvation Army bells ringing at stores. But did you know that you can set up your own virtual fundraiser and be part of the Red Kettle Challenge without even leaving your house? This is a simple and fun way to engage your family and friends while supporting the red kettle campaign, The Salvation Army’s major fundraising event of the year.
The Red Kettle Challenge provides a new, online option to the traditional Red Kettles that raise funds supporting those in need.
Read more: Take the Red Kettle Challenge
By Herb Moering
It was a perfect night for the “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” parade in Edinburg on Friday and Tomas Magdeleno was enjoying it fully while dressed in a complete Santa suit. The young man from Edinburg relaxed with family members as multiple parade units passed the reviewing stand on South Closner Boulevard.
The spectators lining the route sported lots of Christmas wear including Santa hats, antlers and lighted crowns and clothing with lights. Children were in abundance and happy to receive candy given out by those walking along the boulevard.
Read more: Edinburg holds Parade, lights up the Promenade