From the editor: Here's how to help these South Texas children for the holidays
What are you grateful for?
That may seem like an odd question considering 2020 has seemed like the year that just won't end. We've all been put through the wringer in some way. Our losses are stacking up.
But hear me out.
As another Thanksgiving draws near and we grapple with how to (safely) celebrate the holiday in the middle of a pandemic I'm still reminded of reasons to be grateful.
Those include my family, my health and my job.
It is much more than so many of our fellow Americans can say they have right now.
No matter how tough you have it, it's likely there's someone else who has it much worse. Someone else who lost a loved one. Someone else who lost a job, a home and everything they hold dear.
In the midst of this are thousands of children across South Texas who need help.
That's where we can tip the scales. Together.
Starting on Thanksgiving Day we'll tell the stories of some of these families as part of the annual Caller-Times Children's Christmas Appeal. The names of the families profiled will be changed to protect their privacy.
Since 1973, the Caller-Times has reported the struggle of needy children and their families during the holiday season. All the money -- 100 percent -- that is donated to the Christmas Appeal campaign benefits the children. All overhead costs are borne by the Caller-Times, United Way of the Coastal Bend and participating agencies.
These donations -- no matter how small -- go toward a simple goal: helping as many children as possible when they need it most this season.
This isn't about just toys at Christmas, though the campaign does help with that. Many of these children lack basic necessities we take for granted like a jacket, a new pair of shoes or a bed to call their own. That's why our newsroom staff champions this fundraiser.
We can't do it without you. That's why I can count you -- our community -- as one more reason to be grateful.
This year, the Nueces County Record Star and the Alice Echo-News Journal have joined us in the campaign.
Participating agencies include Boys & Girls Club of Alice, Duval County Christmas Committee, the Kleberg County Welfare Department, Nueces County Department of Social Services, the Odyssey After School Enrichment Program in Rockport, Sinton for Youth Inc. and the Purple Door.
HOW TO DONATE
Here are three ways to help:
*Fill out the donation form. Make your check or money order payable to Children’s Christmas Appeal and mail to: United Way of Coastal Bend, 4659 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX, 78411 (designate funds to Children's Christmas Appeal)
*Donate online at www.uwcb.org. Look for the Christmas Appeal logo.
*Text ChristmasAppeal (no spaces) to 41444 to make a donation.
Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett is the editor of the Caller-Times. The South Texas native supports local journalists who are committed to shining a light on wrongdoing, showcasing human kindness and telling solutions-based stories that better our communities. If you believe in this work, please consider a subscription.