Families throughout Atascosa County are reminded that it will soon be time to apply for Atascosa County Christmas Elf Project Target (ACCEPT) 2014. Dates are Dec. 1-6.
Those in need of food and/or toys for Christmas are asked to apply. To be eligible, you cannot be receiving these items from other agencies or groups in the county. Remember, you may apply at any location:
•Monday, Dec. 1- Saturday, Dec. 6 at First Baptist Youth Building, 311 Smith St. in Pleasanton from 9 a.m. to noon.
•Tuesday, Dec. 2- Thursday, Dec. 4 at First Baptist Church, Hwy. 16 (corner of Peach and Campbell) in Jourdanton from 9 a.m. to noon.
•Wednesday- Dec. 3- Saturday, Dec. 6 at Rev. John Wagner Family Center (St. Mary’s Hall) in Charlotte from 9 a.m. to noon.
•Saturday, Dec. 6 ONLY: at St. Matthew Catholic Church, classroom #5 in Jourdanton from 9 a.m. to noon.
•Saturday, Dec. 6 ONLY: at Poteet Fire Station, 9 a.m. to noon.
Applications will NOT be accepted after Dec. 6.
Generally, the ACCEPT project sets up at St. Andrew’s Catholic Parish Hall in Pleasanton. However, ACCEPT Coordinator Jeanne Ulrich explained that because the hall is being renovated, First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Pleasanton will serve as this year’s collection, sorting and distribution center. When to drop off items
Volunteers will be at FBC from Sunday-Friday, Dec. 14-19. On that Sunday, the public can start dropping off items at 3 p.m. Toy donations need to be in by Wednesday, Dec. 17 and food donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec. 18.
The Knights of Columbus and other volunteers will spend Wednesday and Thursday matching the items to the boxes. Dates to assist
Those interested in helping out by setting up boxes, sorting, wrapping them, etc.can do so on these dates: Monday- Thursday, Dec. 15-18, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Volunteers can also help carry boxes from about 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 19 List of items
ACCEPT appreciates your donations of food, toys and gifts.
Non-perishable food items that are needed include-
•Canned vegetables: green beans, peas, corn, mixed vegetables, spinach, beets, tomatoes, yams, potatoes, hominy.
•Canned fruit and fruit juices: peaches, pineapple, apple, fruit pie fillings, oranges, prunes, fruit cocktail, pears, grapes, cherries, etc.
•Canned meat and peanut butter: tuna, chicken, turkey, Spam, ham, etc.
•Soups: chicken, beef, Ramen, tomato, vegetable.
•Baby food items: canned milk, cereal, baby fruits, juices, etc.
•Dried staple foods: 1, 2, 3 or 5 lb. bags of flour, sugar, rice, beans, pastas.
ACCEPT gift categories-
•Barbie, Ken, fashion dolls with extra outfits
•Action figures (GI Joe, Power Rangers, etc.)
•Sports items (basketball, football, soccer, volleyball)
•Toiletries (after shave, male and female cologne)
•Male wallet, female purse
•Baby gift for 0-18 months.
NOTE: Do not wrap gifts. It is asked that you please include batteries for any battery-operated toys. Also remember that ACCEPT cannot accept clothing. For details, call Jeanne Ulrich at 830-569-5301 or 210-724-1668.