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For it is in giving that we receive.” — Francis of Assisi

Children and families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday tug at the heartstrings. The gift of giving during this season is at its all-time highest. Around 30 percent of annual online gifts are made in December and donors give 80 percent larger gifts on average in December.

The Pleasanton Express is compiling a comprehensive list of agencies/ organizations that assist families locally during the holidays. This page is titled “Holiday Give and Go.” This page will be available for free on our website and will be printed weekly in the newspaper plus promoted on social media. It will list all the places you can take your family for free events and highlight opportunites to give. If you have an event that needs promotion or are a non-profit or business that is helping out the needy in our community, please email Lisa Luna a lluna@pleasantonexpress.com to be included.

Here are a few helpful outreaches we have received to date:

Main Street Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner: Contact Kathy Davidson McClaugherty at 210-380- 2006 or Sarah Paxson at 210-415-9533.

Toys for Tots sign up throughout November, at Jourdanton VFW Post 4853: Contact (830) 770- 0520.

ACCEPT toy and food drive, sign up is usually late Nov. and early December, contact Jeanne Ulrich: 210-724- 1668.

Pleasanton Police department Blue Santa events/toy distribution. Children need to register through the Pleasanton Police Department. Jourdanton Police Department Cops4Kids is open to students in Jourdanton ISD. Poteet Blue Santa children usually do not have to register for this program.

There are Angel Tree locations throughout the county. Please look to next week’s paper for more detailed information.

‘Tis the season to give!

NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at nwilkersonholmes@pleasantonexpress.com.

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