January 10, 2003

LULAC Comes Through Once Again

Helen Steel, Melissa and Angie preparing the paperworks for famillies picking up their food basket.

For 17 years the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) San Diego Council #2842 has provided food baskets to the community making the holiday season a little brighter.

Henry Vaca helps a family Mendoza Elementery School

Though it was a little rough this year, LULAC came through, once again, for this the 18th year in a row with 255 food baskets.

Two days prior to the deadline for their December 21st distribution day LULAC was $2000 dollars short for vegetables. But thanks to LULAC members who had already contributed, they once again dug deep into their pockets and came up with the much-needed money, coming through once again for their community.

William P Dunn And Horace Estrada have the basket ready to go.

LULAC, the National Army Guard and community volunteers spent two days gathering the food, sorting, packing and distributing the food baskets, making this a little more enjoyable season for these families.

Julia Bauer, Helen Steel and her cousin bag rice for the family baskets at National City Guard Armony

Many of the baskets were distributed to: American Indian Health Center, South Bay Union School District, Chula Vista, National City, and San Ysidro families. Also families from Midway Baptist Church, Vietnam Veterans Family Program, San Diego Coalition for the Homeless, Child Protective Services, Bayside Community Center, and many others.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the generous donations and support from the community and local businesses.

One of the youngs ones receives a drum set donated by Macy's . Mom and sister smile as he can't quite make out what's going on.

LULAC would like to publicly recognize these organizations and people. They include: Macy’s, San Diego Sockers, The Men’s Wearhouse, Coast Citrus Produce, Oneonta PTA, Salon Le Soleil, San Diego Food Bank, Let’s Talk Health Club, Community Health Group, Ralph’s – 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, Anheuser-Busch Sales of San Diego, Albertson’s – Coronado Ave., San Diego, California State Forrestry Dept., Paris, Ca., S. Bay Union School District Education Foundation, Southwest Region Calibration Center – NAS North Island, San Diego Padres, Home Depots – I-805 & Dennery Rd, and Saturn Blvd, and the American Legion Post 6

Chris and Sean Waters, Johnny and Stephenie Perry, bag donated toys for the families.

Individuals who contributed this year include: Terry Rubio, Annie Taylor, Tom Lamb, Jr., Rocky Derasmo, Bob & Jo Birdsell, Jose Neves Family, Paul & Betty Perry, Ann & Roy Brown, Dan & Lily Munoz, Victor Resendez, Sally & Cliff Lowry, Alina & Momo Perez, John & Lezette Davis, Horace & Bea Estrada, Stephanie & John Perry, William & Peggy Dunn, Thomas & Pearl Martinez, Delores & Richard Valadez, Keith Terpe & Marilu Sanchez, and Elvia Aguilare.

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