On Friday, December 17, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. the multi purpose room at Emory School in Imperial Beach was jumping with activity. LULAC members, volunteers from the community and National Guardsmen were busy putting together the Christmas Food Baskets that would be handed out to over 250 families in the community.
The National Guardsmen arrived early in the morning and worked tirelessly throughout the day sorting the 10,000 canned goods that had been collected at the school sites during the month of December. As the evening approached and people got off of work, more and more volunteers arrived to do their part in putting these food baskets together. Groups of people worked together to sort and bag produce of fruits and vegetables which each family will receive in their basket. A fresh turkey is added to each basket on Saturday morning. On the other side of the room, additional volunteers work on sorting and bagging toys according to each family’s specific needs.
With the sorting and bagging accomplished, all that was needed was a final count. 130 baskets are put aside to be taken to a second distribution site, Mendoza School. In the past, we have been able to have a distribution site in National City at the Armory but due to renovations, this year both sites were in South Bay.
Saturday morning, December 18, volunteers arrive at 6:00 a.m. to prepare for distribution starting at 10:00 a.m. LULAC distributes baskets to families in the community as well as the San Diego American Indian Health Center, UCSD Families, American Legion Post 6 Families, Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, St. Charles Church, Midway Baptist Church, CPS and many others.
LULAC works in close partnership with their generous corporate donors as well as individuals who donate to this worthwhile program.