You still have time to be Santa for a needy kid
Christmas is only four days away, and there are still about 80 local kids who might not find anything under the tree. The Santa's Angel Program of Pasco County, a nonprofit group that collects donations for needy children, has collected gifts for dozens of kids but still has some gift requests that have not been filled, organizer Marsha Snow said. The program provides presents for children, from babies to teens, who are referred by social service agencies or school guidance counselors. Some are foster kids. Others live in homes that are struggling to make ends meet. All of them rely on the kindness of strangers for their Christmas cheer. Anyone wishing to donate may pick up a gift tag from one of the Christmas trees at the following locations:
• Bealls, 12125 U.S. 19, Bayonet Point
• Bealls, 7201 State Road 54, New Port Richey
• Walmart, 8701 U.S. 19, Port Richey
• Walmart, 8745 State Road 54, New Port Richey
• San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union, 37925 Church Ave., Dade City; 12542 Curley Road, San Antonio; and 7301 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills
• Olga's Bakery and Deli, 14117 Seventh St., Dade City
For information, call Marsha Snow at (727) 868-2413 or Linda Pelt at (352) 437-5222.
Fund will help give food to families
A fund has been established at the Volunteer Way food bank to help the 150 families who left empty-handed from last week's Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway. The event on Friday provided hams and boxes of food to about 500 families before running out of supplies. "It was by far the single worst year for people who could not be helped," said Greg Giordano, chief legislative assistant to state Sen. Mike Fasano, whose office organizes the annual event. "I remember just a couple of years ago maybe two or three people came after the last of the food was given away. This year was like no other." After reading the Times story Saturday about the event, nearly a dozen generous people left messages at Fasano's office, wanting to help. Donors may give food or money to the Volunteer Way and specify it is for the families from the Farm Share event. People who left the event hungry are invited to seek assistance from the Volunteer Way. The food bank is at 7820 Congress St., less than a mile south of Ridge Road; the pantry is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. The phone number is (727) 815-0433.
Tank project meeting canceled
City officials canceled the meeting scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the plans for a recycled water tank by the sewer plant in the Mickens-Harper neighborhood. Officials needed more time to confer with the agencies involved with the project grants. The issue will be rescheduled for a meeting in January.
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