Lupe Sanchez, Aurora Ramirez and Mary Ely from the Vineyard welcomed the 4-H members with open arms, as they unloaded their canned food drive collections and began to fill the near-empty pantry shelves.
Ramirez, the pantry supervisor at the Vineyard, said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time. “We’ve been feeding a lot of people,” she said. “People have been coming in to get food for the holidays, so we really needed this. Thank you so much.”
Ramirez said the Vineyard has seen an increase in the number of families coming in for food and clothing. “We’ve had some families of 10-12 people, and we’ve had a lot of new families too,” she said. “People can come get food then shop for clothes, and it’s all free.”
Lupe Sanchez, the director at the Vineyard, said they are specifically in need of canned food and turkeys for the holidays.
“We can use everything from vegetables to pasta and beans,” she said, “and we would love to be able to give each family a turkey for Thanksgiving.”
All of the food that the 4-H group collected will go to local families, and the Ambassadors were happy to help. Community service is a major goal for the 4-H Ambassadors, and they can often be spotted at local events in their green 4-H jackets, doing what they can for the community.
Jennifer Dragon, 4-H Ambassador event coordinator, said the 4-H Ambassadors are a special group who “go above and beyond their regular 4-H projects.”
“The Ambassadors also do community service as individuals,” she said. “They are a very happy and busy group, and they attribute that to the personal positive feedback they receive from helping others.”
Since the beginning of the school year, the group has participated in a 4-H Enrollment Recruitment project, National 4-H Week, National Night Out, Beeville Business Appreciation, Texas Statewide One-Day 4-H, Church Clean-up Project, Lions Club Downtown Fright Night, Texas Farm Bureau Ag Day and the canned food drive to benefit the Beeville Vineyard.
Their next project for December is an unwrapped Toy Drive to benefit the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots collection. If you would like to contribute an unwrapped toy, you can call 361-621-1550, ext. 8158, for pickup, or you can place your toy in one of the Toys for Tots collection boxes located in local businesses.
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at regional@mySouTex.com.