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.
Last year Turlock Together was looking for a miracle to fulfill the demand of those in need, and this Christmas season is no different. If donations don’t improve, many needy children in Turlock may find themselves without a Christmas meal and presents this holiday season.
“This year’s harder; we have gotten fewer donations for Turlock Together than we have in the past,” said Turlock Salvation Army Major Debi Shrum. “Everyone is feeling it a little bit more this year; the tough economy has been going on for a long time now.”
This holiday season the non-profit community group needs 6,000 new toys to give to needy families this Christmas and about 2,000 food boxes. There is a great need for the Turlock community to generously step forward as they have during the past sixteen years, to once again, ensure every child has a present to unwrap on Christmas morning.
As of right now, Major Shrum said that Turlock Together is “in need of pretty much everything, including financial donations.”
Food donations have started to come in but Turlock Together plans on having to purchase more food with financial donations.
The 2,000 food boxes and toys will be delivered by volunteers on December 20th and 21st.
Registration to receive a food box or toys has started and runs through December 9th between 9am and 7pm at the Salvation Army in Turlock, located at 893 Lander Avenue.
The community can help by dropping off toys for children 0-12 years old and canned food at all Turlock Fire Department stations, throughout the CSU Stanislaus campus, and participating businesses that have a blue bin for donations. 150 barrels have been put out this year. Donations can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 893 Lander Avenue in Turlock.
Turlock Together will also be in the 33rd Annual Turlock Christmas Parade and is asking attendees of the parade on Friday, December 2nd, to bring canned food and toy donations for area families and children. Volunteers will collect the donations along the parade route and there will be barrels placed along the parade route.
Another way people can help is to attend the 28th Annual Christmas CanTree fundraiser on December 11th. The brunch fundraiser will be held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Tickets are only $5 and collected food and proceeds support Turlock Together. The event will include breakfast, an auction, & Santa from 12pm to 1:30pm in building E-2. For tickets or cash donations email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cantree.org.
Smith Chevrolet Cadillac is also collecting donations during their Customer and Friends Appreciation Holiday Party on December 13th from 4pm – 7pm at their dealership located at 1601 Auto Mall Drive. There will be free food, drinks, and a visit by Santa. People who plan on attending are asked to bring food and toys for Turlock Together and in exchange will receive raffle tickets (the more you give, the more you get). Smith Chevrolet Cadillac is trying to fill up the back of their 1949 Chevy pickup to deliver to Turlock Together.
Since 1995, 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.
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.