December 23, 2005

LULAC Does It Again: 21 years of bringing Christmas Joy

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), San Diego Council #2842 members, National Guardsmen and over 50 community volunteers of all ages resembled Santa’s elves on Friday night, December 16, 2005 putting together all the ingredients needed to fill over 250 Christmas Food Baskets. This was LULAC’s 21st year providing food baskets to families in the community during the holidays.

The site of all this activity was the multi-purpose room at Mendoza Elementary School in South Bay. As the work began, people split up into four groups of activity. One group sorted canned goods and dry staples into shopping carts. As soon as they were filled, another group would take the carts and begin distributing food into the 250 “baskets.” Before long the baskets were filled with canned vegetables, canned fruits, meats, tuna, tomato sauce, boxes of stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cereals, pastas and soups. On the other side of the room a third group was sorting and bagging fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, rice and beans. The LULAC food baskets also include toys for the children of the families, sorted by age and gender. The fourth group of elves worked diligently putting toys into bags marked with the specific family name. Remarkably all this work was done in just over 2 hours.

Saturday morning, Mendoza Elementary and Emery Elementary were the distribution sites. Baskets were given to identified families as well as to organizations LULAC has partnered with in the past.

Bea Estrada, President of the local LULAC Chapter, stated that LULAC is fortunate to have very generous sponsors in the community that help make this program possible to help our community families.

Merry Christmas to all and wishes for a Happy New Year.

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