Holiday dinners provided to 140 families

By George Garza

A chicken or turkey and most of the ingredients to create a Christmas dinner were distributed to more than 100 Vidor families in need this week. On Monday morning, volunteers with the United Christian Care Center of Vidor were at the loading dock of the Center as about 140 UCCC clients, who had previously signed up for the Christmas Dinner, drove through to pick up their Christmas meal boxes.

“We had more people sign up than we anticipated this year, and that’s even after we had taken into account the tremendous amount of devastation suffered by the people of Vidor during the floods,” said Glenn Ledger, president of the UCCC Board of Directors. “We assembled and distributed about 225 gift meal boxes right before Thanksgiving and that number is also higher than usual for our annual gift to those in need. So we were able to help about 45 more families for both holidays this year than we have in years’ past. It’s been challenging but we are happy to try to do extra. This program is made possible by generous donations from the H.H. and Edna Houseman Charitable Trust, the congregations of our member churches and from civic, educational and social groups that make it possible to be able to provide a basket containing all of the ingredients necessary to craft a holiday meal.

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