The 36th Share of the Year Your Christmas Food Drive is over. You raised money and canned goods for the Coastal Bend Food Bank all day. Thanks to your generosity, it was a huge success that will help a lot of people in the 11 counties in South Texas that the group serves.
On Friday night, the total amount raised this year began to come in. About $112,849.84 was raised for the event, which paid for 451,399 meals. That’s more money than was raised last year, and it will go straight to helping hungry people.
It was great that the Share Your Christmas Food Drive worked out so well. The whole day was filled with performances put on by school groups and people from the neighborhood. There was also the kindness that came in the form of big checks and canned goods. One of the fans who stopped by was Melanie Salinas from Hypebyke.
“Let’s turn it into a food ‘ride’ so we brought bike rider friends out here and we escorted food that was donated to the Coastal Bend Food Bank,” she explained. The event took place at the Food Bank’s new building on Bear Lane, which is five times bigger than the old one and provides more space for them to serve people in eleven counties.
“I can feel the spirit coming back; people are willing to give. We’ve all been through hard times; Christmas is a time for hope; we couldn’t do any of this without the community,” said Bea Hanson, executive director of the Coastal Bend Food Bank. Hanson said that there is plenty of room in the new building.
“The government has already approached us since we have plenty of storage to start a new program for the elderly and will be sending extra food just for that, the doors have been open, and we will never have to reject a load because we don’t have room,” she stated.
Mayor Paulette Guajardo of Corpus Christi declared today to be Share Your Christmas Day in the city. Joe Gazin and Katia Uriate, who used to work for, were also at the event. There is a bigger effect when more money is given, no matter how much! Dahlia Vansickle and her four-legged helper drove away from George West. When she gave the gift check, she got emotional.
“It is very important and deserves it.” “That might seem impossible because so many people don’t get to eat,” she said. This shows that giving back is the best way to enjoy the holidays.