Turlock Together is appealing to the public for donations to fill Christmas food baskets and provide toys for families in need in
, Hilmar, Turlock , Keyes, Denair and Stevinson. Delhi
The voluntary association of ministries, non-profit organizations, schools, charitable groups and service clubs is estimating it is $20,000 short of donations of cash, toys and foodstuffs necessary to provide food and toys for the 2,000 families registered for the program and others who are on a growing waiting list.
Each family receives two boxes of food, one perishable and the other non-perishable. The non-perishable box contains flour, sugar, oil, peanut butter, corn, green beans, tomato sauce, canned fruit, tuna, spaghetti, rice, pinto beans and more. The other box includes chicken, cheese, milk, eggs, tortillas, bread, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes and when available, fresh fruit. Children age 12 and under receive toys.
Currently, the greatest needs are unwrapped toys and non-perishable food such as cans of corn, green beans, fruit, soup, tuna and peanut butter. Canned goods must not have reached their expiration date. Several local businesses and suppliers have donated most of the perishable items needed for the food baskets.
Cash donations also are sought to purchase foodstuffs for the free
Turlock Together works in close cooperation with the Salvation Army to secure and distribute the food baskets and toys and put on the free sit-down Christmas dinner complete with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage. Children are treated to a visit and photographs with Santa, Christmas gift bags and games and other fun activities.
Monetary donations are tax-deductible. Cash and checks made out to Turlock Together can be dropped off or mailed to the Salvation Army at
For additional information, visit the group’s website at www.turlocktogether.com or call the Salvation Army at (209) 667-6091.