Go and give this holiday season

Rebecca Raves


 

 

A re you looking for a way for your family to give back this Christmas season? Check out the Pleasanton Express’ Holiday Go and Giving page on 9A which lists a bunch of local events for you to give back to the community where you live, work and play!

Some examples of ways you can give back include donating unwrapped toys to Pleasanton Police Department Blue Santa, Jourdanton Police Department Cops4Kids, Charlotte Christmas Gift Program, City of Charlotte Operation Blue Santa, Atascosa County Child Welfare Board Angel Trees or sponsoring CAST clients.

This year, I am taking part in The Bountiful Blessings Food Pantry Reverse Advent Calendar: Waiting and Giving. Instead of pulling candy canes off a calendar page to mark off the days until Christmas, you add food to a donation box to help feed hungry families in your community. Put this calendar (list) up on your fridge, and each day of Advent, place the suggested food item into a cardboard box in your home. As you collect the food, read the accompanying scripture passages: • Nov. 18 – Box of cereal (Luke 11:1-4)

• Nov. 29 – Jar of peanut butter (Luke 11:5-8)

• Nov. 30 – Stuffing mix (Luke 11:9-13)

• Dec. 1 – Boxed (instant) potatoes (Psalm 107:8-9)

• Dec. 2 – Macaroni and cheese (Malachi 3:8-12) • Dec. 3 – Canned fruit (Genesis 1:29- 31)

• Dec. 4 – Canned tomatoes (Exodus 16:1-36)

• Dec. 5 – Canned tuna (Ecclesiastes 9:7)

• Dec. 6 – Dessert mix (Matthew 14:13-21)

• Dec. 7 – Can of applesauce (1 Peter 2:1-3)

• Dec. 8 – Canned sweet potatoes (1 Corinthians 10:31)

• Dec. 9 – Cranberry sauce (Matthew 5:6)

• Dec. 10 – Canned beans (Genesis 19:1-3)

• Dec. 11 – Box of crackers (Psalm 81)

• Dec. 12 – Package of rice (Deuteronomy 8:1-20)

• Dec. 13 – Package of oatmeal (1 Timothy 4-5)

• Dec. 14 – Box of pasta (Isaiah 55:1-3)

• Dec. 15 – Spaghetti sauce (John 6:27)

• Dec. 16 – Chicken noodle soup (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

• Dec. 17 – Tomato soup (1 Chronicles 29:10-14)

• Dec. 18 – Canned corn (Ruth 2:1-23)

• Dec. 19 – Canned peas (Luke 1:46-55)

• Dec. 20 – Canned carrots (John 6:32-34)

• Dec. 21 – Canned green beans (2 Corinthians 9:8-9)

• Dec. 22 – Canned ham (Luke 6:38)

• Dec. 23 – Canned salmon (John 6:35)

• Dec. 24 – Bring your food to BB Food Pantry (Isaiah 55:12-13)

After Christmas, donate the contents of your cardboard box to The Bountiful Blessings Food Pantry located at 602 N. Main St. in Pleasanton. Their hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please join me and Bountiful Blessings as we bless families in need in our community this holiday season.

REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at rpesqueda@pleasantonexpress.com

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