On a busy workday in December the volunteers at the Bellville Christian Food Pantry took a moment off from packing bags for clients to pick up for Christmas.
Regular volunteers were there as well as a few extra hands from Woodmen of the World. Together they filled bags for adults and children.
Representative Sandra Gilbert, treasurer of the Bluebonnet Area Quilt Guild, brought the check that included donations from guild members plus matching funds from the guild account.
The guild members voted to make the donation at their Christmas gathering as one of their annual gifts back to the community in appreciation for support for its raffle quilt sales. Pantry Chief Cyndi Zorn was all smiles as the check was delivered. Cash goes a long way when purchases can be made from the Houston Food Bank and it is vitally important, especially at this time of the year when there are many other needs, she said.
“In November, a total of 220 families including 659 individuals were served,” Zorn said.
“There are many families, elderly, single moms, and grandparents raising grandchildren who need help. We have a great relationship with the Houston Food Bank, which enables us to buy much more with our dollars so we can fill our bags with eggs, shelf stable milk, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, etc. We usually fill 180 family bags and 125 children’s bags.
"Our local community from Brookshire Bros. to the Bellville Meat Market is so supportive. Together with their generosity and that of individuals, organizations such as yours, churches, companies, etc., we are able to serve so many. We also have devoted volunteers who give a huge amount of hours to make it all possible. Hopefully we can continue to serve in years to come,” she said.