Donations will be accepted through Friday

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

With food stocks low at both the Alice Food Pantry and Community Action because of the holiday season, community businesses and organizations, such as Retama Manor, have pulled together their manpower and resources to assist those in need of food this Thanksgiving.

A community food drive sponsored by Retama Manor began Wednesday, with a good showing from the community.

Employees took turns operating a table in front of the building, and accepted canned goods, boxed items and monetary donations.

The food drive will continue for the rest of this week, with Retama accepting food and monetary donations through Friday.

A portion of the donations will be sent to the local Community Action and the rest to the Alice Food Pantry.

Mari Liguez, chairperson of the Retama Manor Retention Committee, said activities such as this really benefit the families of Alice.

"It's our way of giving back to the community. We've participated in this annual event for several years," Liguez said. "It's going good so far. We've had a lot of monetary donations, as well as some canned goods."

The food pantry expressed to them there is an increased need because of the holiday season, and the employees of Retama have volunteered their time in support of that effort.

It was fairly warm Wednesday afternoon, as employees sat in front of Retama Manor, waiting for donations to come in.

Mary Jane Galvan sat there, patiently waiting in the heat, with a smile on her face, because she said she knew that what she was doing was for a good cause. She said it was worth the effort.

"We're just here, waiting for them to come. It's been pretty busy this afternoon," Galvan said.

"The people who have come in so far have been very giving."