Turlock Together is looking for a miracle this Christmas season. If donations don’t improve many needy children in Turlock may find themselves without a Christmas meal and presents this holiday season. Turlock Together is a voluntary cooperation of local ministries, businesses, non-profits, schools, service clubs and community members who annually work together to collect and distribute food and toys to families in need during the Christmas season.
This holiday season the non-profit community group needs 6,000 new toys to give to needy families this Christmas and only has 500. There is a great need for the Turlock community to generously step forward as they have during the past thirteen years, to once again, ensure every child has a present to unwrap on Christmas morning.
According to Major Debbie Shrum, Corp Officer at the Turlock Salvation Army, “This is our most challenging year. The number of families needing help this year is greater than ever before. We are concerned that families may be turned away empty handed.”
The community can help by dropping off toys for children 0-12 and canned food at all Turlock Fire Department and participating businesses that have a blue bin for donations. Donations can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 893 Lander Avenue in Turlock.
This year, hoping for a miracle, the group is asking attendees at the Turlock Christmas Parade on Friday, December 3rd, to bring canned food and toy donations for area families and children. This year, Turlock Together will be hosting a float with area dignitaries and volunteers who will be collecting the canned food and toys along the parade route, encouraging the community to support the Turlock Together campaign. Blue donation barrels will be placed along the parade route as well, to drop-off canned food and toys for our families to help with the Turlock Together effort this Christmas season.
For over fifteen years, Turlock Together has brought together public and non-profits agencies and caring individuals to provide assistance to Turlock area families who are in need of food and toys during the holiday season. The Turlock community has always answered the call but with challenging economic times and many parents out of work the need is greater than ever before.
CSU Stanislaus is joining in the community collaboration because Turlock’s children are depending on the generosity of the entire community more than ever. Responding to the need, CSU Stanislaus is launching a campus-wide effort to help ensure children of families without the means to buy gifts will have something to unwrap on Christmas morning. Everyone who is able to contribute a new unwrapped toy for children aged 0 to 12 years is invited to deposit their gifts in one of the barrels placed throughout campus.
Barrels can be found in the Mary Stuart Rogers Building, room180; the Tutoring Center in the Library; Naraghi Hall, room 164; College of Business, room 202; the lobby of the Faculty Development Center; the Student Union, room 103.
Donations should be made on campus or at any other blue barrel within about 3 weeks. There’s no time to waste!
If you would like more information or would like to get involved with the Turlock Together project call Lissette Maunakea (209) 620-4910 or visit the website at www.turlocktogether.com.